Sept. 2, 2007
MACON, Ga. - The UAB women's soccer team earned its first victory of the 2007 season on Sunday afternoon by defeating the Panthers of Georgia State University, 2-0, on the final day of the LQ Cup tournament in Macon, Ga. With their win over the Panthers, the Blazers secured the LQ Cup tournament championship.
UAB wasted no time getting on the board when freshman Justine Hartigan knocked in the first goal of her collegiate career just 2:14 into the contest. Hartigan's goal was assisted by sophomore Danya Barsalona and senior Sally Palmer.
The Blazers increased their lead to 2-0 at the 72 minute mark when Barsalona tallied her first goal of the season, and the third of her career, with a double assist courtesy of redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship and true freshman Allison Belsterling. UAB held Georgia State scoreless for another 18 minutes to preserve the shutout for the Blazers.
"I was very happy with the direction that we went today," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "I was very pleased with out battling mentality and giving the extra effort. Across the board, we were 100 percent better than where we were on Friday.
"We established a rhythm and possessed with a purpose. We gave that little extra effort in the end to put the ball in the back of the net. We were very dangerous today."
Overall, UAB outshot Georgia State by a count of 12-10, with each squad recording six shots on goal.
Senior Jill Porto led the Blazers in shots with three, followed by Hartigan and junior Caitlin Marple with two each. Five other Blazers added one shot each to UAB's total.
Blankenship got her first career win in goal for the Blazers by recording six saves in UAB's shutout of the Panthers. Charlotte Vargo and Heidi Blankenship split time at goal for Georgia State, each giving up one goal and grabbing two saves.
"It was nice to see Kate come up with a big day," said Harbin. "She did a nice job on controlling the tempo of the game. She kept the shutout for us and had an excellent day."
The Blazers (1-0-1) will be back in action on Friday, September 7 when they host Vanderbilt in a 7:30 p.m. CT match at West Campus Field.