Aug. 31, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB women's soccer team dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 3 Oklahoma State Friday night at West Campus Field.
"You always hate to lose," head coach Harold Warren said. "Oklahoma State is a very good team, number three in the country, and we saw a lot of positive out of our group. The biggest positive was that we never stopped working. We had our moments where we were doing really, really well. We just have to look at the film and fix our mistakes."
UAB (0-4-0) struck first, with freshman Paige Hanks scoring the squad's first goal of the season in the 12th minute. Junior defender Amy Harrison fed a long ball to Hanks, who beat out the one defender from the right side to drill the ball past Oklahoma State (5-0-0) keeper Adriana Franch.
"I'm not surprised that Paige scored," Warren added. "That's why I recruited her. She's very good, and she hasn't played since February, so to come in and score off the number three team in the country is fantastic. She's only going to get better the more she plays."
The Cowgirls went up 2-1 at the break, only to score again in the 61st and 68th minutes of the match. In the 83rd minute, Blazer sophomore Johanna Liney beat out a number of defenders in front of the Oklahoma State net to score her first goal of the season, and set the final result.
"I didn't have a great angle on Johanna's (Liney) goal, but it was her effort. She fought through a lot of players, and just kept her composure, and knocked it in. The biggest thing was that she kept her composure."
Oklahoma State out-shot UAB 20-11, but 11 marks the most shot attempts the Blazers have made in a single game this season.
"Going into Sunday, we're going to have to get a lot of rest," Warren said. "We're also going to have to keep the ball and take advantage of the time we have with it. We like to play, and we need to shoot a little bit more. You can't score a goal if you don't shoot. In a game, you're not going to get a lot of good opportunities to score, so we need to take advantage of whatever we can.
Up next, the Blazers will wrap up the non-conference schedule on the road for the next four matches. UAB will first face crosstown rival Samford on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT.