Sep 1, 2013
ORANGEBURG, S.C. ----- Seniors Sam Bradford and Abby Phillips combined for three goals in UAB’s 3-2 overtime win against South Carolina State (3-2) on Sunday morning. Bradford put the Blazers (3-1) in front 2-0 on a pair of first half goals but after the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game in the second half. Phillips was able to score less than five minutes into the extra-frame to secure the win for the Green and Gold.
“We came out well and were able to control the tempo and keep possession,” said head coach Harold Warren. “We played a very good first half against a dangerous team. In the second half we came out slow and that allowed SCSU to get back in the game.”
Defender Bradford entered Sunday’s game versus SCSU having scored one goal over the past two seasons and she surpassed that total in the first half of today’s contest. Bradford connected on a pass from Phillips in the 37th minute and then again, two minutes later, from Johanna Liney to put UAB in front by two at the half.
“Sam played very well. She usually plays in the back but we moved her to the front line and she came through with a couple of goals,” added Warren.
South Carolina State scored a pair of goals late in the second half (’85, ’86) to force overtime.
“After the first goal, it hit us that SCSU is back in this and then they got the second goal to tie it up. But we never dropped our shoulders and we kept our heads up and were able to make some changes in overtime to get the win,” Warren said.
In the extra-frame, Phillips took a pass from Bradford and was able to send it past the Bulldogs’ netminder for the game-winner.
“A big difference this year is that we don’t give up or drop our shoulders when we give up a couple of goals or things aren’t going our way,” said Warren.”We keep on fighting, keep on playing our game and that is going to help us win more games.”
Angelica Jimenez (3-1) picked up the win on Sunday, making two saves in nearly 94 minutes of play. She allowed two goals.
The Blazers out-shot the Bulldogs 20-6 and have seven more corner kicks (9-2).
UAB will return to West Campus Field next weekend for match-ups against Troy at 5 p.m. on Friday and South Alabama at 1 p.m. on Sunday.