Sept. 9, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's soccer team earned its third shutout of the season by defeating the Ole Miss Rebels, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at West Campus Field. The Blazers' lone goal of the game was courtesy of freshman Justine Hartigan.
Hartigan knocked one in the back of the net, off of her own rebound, just 18 seconds into the match for the only score of the day. The goal marked Hartigan's second of the season.
"We knew Justine was a goal scorer when we signed her," said Harbin. "I think she was a little under-rated coming out of high school. We knew she had the potential to be very dangerous.
"Not only is Justine skillful and athletic, but she also plays with a lot of heart. She has a blue collar style of play."
The first half saw Ole Miss out-shoot UAB, 10-6, while the Blazers held the 1-0 edge in corner kicks. The Rebels also had an 11-4 advantage in the second half in shots, making the final total 21-10 in favor of Ole Miss.
Hartigan, along with seniors Jenny Meyer, Jill Porto and Sally Palmer, led the Blazers with two shots a piece. Sophomore Danya Barsalona and freshman Morgan Haney added one shot each.
Jennifer Hance had a team-best six shots for the Rebels, while Macie Williams had four and Chrissy Strini tallied three.
Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship tallied her third shutout in goal for the Blazers, keeping her record undefeated at 3-0-1 by recording five saves on the day.
"Kate made a ton of huge saves during this past spring season," said Harbin. "But, she was giving up some soft goals. She really wanted to focus on making those saves.
"This fall, she has been really consistent. She is making the saves that she should and coming up with some huge saves as well."
Megan Vickery nabbed a pair of saves and allowed one goal while receiving the loss for the Rebels.
"We played very well today," said Harbin. "Our focus has been on our defensive organization, which was good today. We only gave up five shots on goal, which put us in a good position to win.
"Offensively, we are finding a way to put the ball in the net. We are dangerous around the goal and teams are finding that hard to stop."
The Blazers' win over Ole Miss marked their second victory over a Southeastern Conference team in three days, having defeated Vanderbilt, 2-1, on Friday evening.
"These two games were significant wins for us," said Harbin. "To come out of this weekend 2-0 is great. I think this upcoming weekend, playing two west coast teams, will be just as exciting and challenging."
UAB will go on the road next weekend to compete in the Vanderbilt Classic tournament in Nashville, Tenn. The Blazers will take on St. Mary's on Sept. 14 at 5 p.m., followed by a Sept. 16 match versus Gonzaga at 11 a.m.