Sept. 14, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The UAB women's soccer team remains unbeaten after earning a 1-0 victory over the St. Mary's Gaels on Friday evening during day one of the Vanderbilt Classic tournament in Nashville, Tenn. With the win, the Blazers moved their overall record to 4-0-1.
After a scoreless first half, sophomore Danya Barsalona knocked in the lone goal of the game during the 48th minute of the contest, with an assist by junior Caitlin Marple, to put UAB up 1-0. The goal marked Barsalona's second score of the season.
"This was a good win for us over a very good west coast team," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "Our backline continued to be solid tonight, but otherwise, we were somewhat disorganized in the first half.
"We sorted everything out in the second half. I thought we responded well and were much more in control. Our organization was better than in the first half and we were more efficient."
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kate Blankenship recorded six saves on the night to blank the Gaels and secure the win for the Blazers. Blankenship continues to have stellar performances in goal, allowing just one goal on the year.
Cari Makino allowed one goal and grabbed six saves while receiving the loss in goal for St. Mary's.
Overall, St. Mary's outshot the Blazers, 20-17. The Gaels had a 14-5 shot advantage in the first half, while UAB tallied 12 shots to St. Mary's six shots in the second period.
"It was a productive turnaround for us in the second half," said Harbin. "We continued to keep the ball out of the net and on our end."
Senior Jill Porto led UAB in shots with five, including two on goal. Freshman Justine Hartigan followed with four shots, while Barsalona, senior Jenny Meyer and freshman Marie Yempuku had two shots each.
Stefani Rocco recorded a team-best four shots for St. Mary's, including two shots on goal. Alex Ciliento, Jessica Menzhuber and Allie Weiner added two shots a piece to the Gaels' total.
The Blazers will be back in action on Sunday when they take on Gonzaga in the final day of the Vanderbilt Classic. The match is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start time.