Sept. 16, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The UAB women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 2-1, at the Vanderbilt Classic tournament.
"Gonzaga is a good, quality west coast team," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "They are well coached and it was a good contest between two solid programs. It was a great soccer game for the fans to watch."
The Blazers got on the board first when senior forward Sally Palmer scored during the 12th minute, with an assist from freshman Allysha Chapman, to put UAB up, 1-0.
Gonzaga responded in the second half with its first goal of the game courtesy of Lauren Dascenzo in the 60th minute to tie the game at one-all. The Bulldogs broke the tie in the 82nd minute with a goal by Ashely Riley to give Gonzaga the 2-1 win.
"I thought we played rather well," said Harbin. "We were looking to play two complete periods and I thought we did that.
"There was some time in the second half where I thought our midfield wasn't as good as it should be, but we worked through it. We had some opportunities to score a couple more goals, but couldn't capitalize."
UAB outshot the Bulldogs by a count of 12-10, including four shots on goal compared to Gonzaga's three. Palmer and sophomore Danya Barsalona led the Blazers with four shots each, followed by freshman Justine Hartigan with two.
Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship received the loss in goal for the Blazers, which marks her first loss this season. Blankenship tallied one save and allowed two goals in 90 minutes for UAB.
Jessie Thalman earned the victory in goal for Gonzaga, recording three saves and allowing just one goal during the game.
The Blazers (4-1-1) will be back in action on Friday evening when they travel to Kennesaw, Ga. to take on Kennesaw State in a 7 p.m. ET match.