Sept. 2, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB women's soccer team lost to Samford 3-1 on Sunday night at the Samford Soccer Stadium.
UAB (0-5) started strong with freshman Paige Hoffmanbeating the Samford (1-3) defense in the 10th minute to kick a floater from just outside the box. The ball sailed over the keeper's head for UAB's first goal of the game, and the first of the Knoxville, Tenn. native's collegiate career.
"It was a great shot," head coach Harold Warrensaid. "I've been telling the girls that we have to shoot, and she looked up, saw the goal and shot. It was an absolutely great shot and their keeper did not expect it. It was a great start for us, and she played phenomenally tonight."
The Blazers trailed the Bulldogs in shot attempts 15-11, but UAB's 11 matches the team's season high in attempts.
"We're starting to look at the goal, and when we see it, we have to hit it," Warren continued. "That's the only way you score, plain and simple. We also have to give credit to Samford. They blocked shots that would have gone in, especially at the end of the game. They did a good job pressing us tonight to get the win."
Samford equalized in the 15th minute, courtesy of Brittany Hoffman, Hoffman's older sister, who took an open shot from the right side that sailed past keeper Courtnie Northern.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the 31st minute, when Trine Taule went one-on-one with Northern, beating the UAB keeper to take a wide open look at the net.
UAB held Samford off for the beginning of the second half, but a scramble in front of the net caused by a Bulldog free kick in the 64th minute sent McKenzie Thomas, the goal scorer, and the Southern Conference squad up 3-1.
"After the game, we had a good talk because our effort wasn't where it needed to be in the first half," Warren said. "That's where we lost the game. We just have to work on mentally getting better. It's all fine and dandy to be technical and have good tactics, but mentally we have to be much stronger. The season's far from over. We have a lot of soccer left to play, and we are definitely not done yet."
The Blazers will be on the road for the next three matches, first traveling to Mississippi to face Ole Miss on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Check UABsports.com for continued coverage of UAB women's soccer.