Sep 6, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB women's soccer team defeated the Troy Trojans 6-2 on Friday at West Campus Field. The Blazers (4-1) had six different players score in the win over Troy (2-3).
"You have to be happy whenever you score six goals," head coach Harold Warren said. "That is good against any team. We didn't play exceptionally well, and that happens, but we scored six goals and got the job done."
The Blazers were on the board quickly as junior Johanna Liney scored her second goal of the season off an assist from senior Sam Bradford at the 2:05 mark. Then senior Kirsten Ebert collected her first goal of the season at 21:10. She scored off assists by sophomores Paige Hanks and Ashley Naumoff.
Just a minute later UAB was up 3-0 in the first half when freshman Kimberly Fincher scored the first goal of her young career. Hanks, who led the team with two assists on the night, assisted Fincher.
"Our goal was to come out and score as many goals and we could early," Warren stated. "We knew it was going to be a tough game, but if you can score early it puts the opponent under a lot of pressure. We were up 3-0 pretty early and that is a tough hill to climb for any team."
The Green and Gold didn't stop scoring as they tacked on another goal shortly after halftime. Redshirt freshman Kasey Johnson was awarded a penalty kick after a Troy handball in the box. Johnson's kick soared past the goalkeeper to score her second goal of the season.
"We tried to come out and score early and keep going," remarked Warren. "We hadn't really done that this fall. We have played well and scored a couple of goals early, but haven't finished games off as we would have liked. Tonight we kept going."
Adding to the lead, senior Jasmine Kauka hit a nice cross into the net on a pass from Johnson. In the 75th minute, freshman Sharon Osterbind scored her first goal as a Blazer when Kauka found her open in the middle of the field.
"Building to the six goals was pretty good. We had some creativity in there. The possession was good at times, but in the attacking third we were very good. I didn't like that we let them score two in the last 14 minutes. That is something we have to improve on."
Troy was able to get on the board in the 76th minute when Cecilia Thorngern connected on a penalty kick just past goalkeeper Anglelica Jimenz. The Trojans' second goal came from Maddie Tieken who was assisted by Jane Latif.
Jiminez picked up the win with two saves on the night. UAB was aggressive on offense as they out-shot Troy 24-8.
UAB will remain at home as they host South Alabama on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. CT at West Campus Field.