Senior midfielder Emma Jane Smith
Sept. 16, 2012
BOCA RATON, Fla.--The UAB women's soccer team's attempt at a comeback fell short on Sunday morning as the team lost 4-3 to FAU at the FAU Soccer Stadium.
UAB (1-7) was scoreless in the first half while FAU's (2-5) Claire Emslie scored a pair of goals in the 25th and 42nd minutes. To start the second half, FAU hit the back of the net again, courtesy of a free kick by Dani Dangremond in the 61st.
For the Blazers, freshman Ashley Naumoff's goal in the early 76th minute, her second this season, got the UAB offense in gear, and fellow freshman Isabel Shanteau followed with her first goal of the season during a scramble in front of the net in the 82nd minute.
"We made some changes after they went up 3-0, put a bunch of freshman on the field," head coach Harold Warren said. "In fact, I think that almost all the freshman we traveled with were on the field at some point. I'm proud of the young kids and the effort they put in today, they came out with a lot of energy, got us back in the game, but we can't start slow. It probably would have been a different outcome if we had a different start."
The Owls hit the game winner with just over two minutes to go in regulation when Emsile scored her third goal of the game off a header from the right sideline.
Throughout the course of the match, FAU took a 20-11 shot advantage over UAB.
Up next, UAB will return to West Campus Field for the fist time in nearly three weeks as the Blazers open the Conference USA schedule against Southern Miss and UCF next Friday and Sunday, respectively. The match between the Blazers and Golden Eagles will start at 7 p.m. CT, while the battle against the Knights is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT.
"I'm looking forward to the beginning of conference play," Warren said. "We have a lot of young players who are ready to go. We'll see how this week's training goes to see what kind of lineup we're going to have."
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