UAB Women's Soccer falls to No. 1 North Carolina

Sept. 18, 2005

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DURHAM, N.C. --- The UAB women's soccer team battled even for 74 minutes against top-ranked North Carolina Sunday at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Blazers held UNC scoreless until the Tar Heels scored four goals in the final 15 minutes to win the match, 4-0.

"It was good to be in the position to win the match," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "I'm extremely proud of our kids. We have grown up a lot this weekend and gained valuable experience. We were able to handle the high pressure and intensity from both Duke and North Carolina."

UAB fell to No. 7 Duke Friday night, 1-0, in the first match of the Duke Classic.

UAB had an opportunity to take the lead in the 70th minute when freshman Anna Martorana pressured UNC goalkeeper Aly Winget. Martorana blocked Winget allowing the ball to head towards the net but North Carolina managed to clear the ball before UAB could take advantage of the nice play.

UNC took to the lead in the 74th minute on a Kendall Fletcher goal from Elizabeth Guess and Kacey White. After the first goal, North Carolina increased the momentum of the match and scored three more goals within a 10 minute period.

In the 76th minute, Heather O'Reilly scored the second goal for the Tar Heels. Kacey White scored the third goal on a double-assist from Jaime Gilbert and O'Reilly in the 86th minute. The final UNC goal came in the 87th minute by Lindsay Tarpley. O'Reilly and Guess were credited with the assist on Tarpley's goal.



"North Carolina is very deserving of the No. 1 ranking in the country," said Harbin. "They continue to get it done year after year. This team has an opportunity to not only go deep into the NCAA Tournament but they have a very good chance of winning a national title."

UAB junior goalkeeper Katie Forbis set a new school record with 16 save, while the Blazers set a team record for most saves in a match with 19. Over weekend, Forbis recorded 26 saves against two nationally-ranked opponents.

Forbis and senior Laura Skridulis were both named to the Duke Adidas Classic all-tournament team for their performances. With the honor, Skridulis has been named to two all-tournament teams this season.

"Both Forbis and Skridulis played very well this weekend," said Harbin. "Skridulis has been so steady and has provided us with maturity in the back. Forbis has always stepped up in big tournament over the last two seasons and this weekend she shined. It's great to see her play so well during the regular season."

UAB returns home on September 23 when they face cross-town foe Birmingham-Southern at West Campus Field starting at 7 p.m. CT

2005 Duke Adidas Classic All-Tournament Team:
Brittany Cameron - San Diego
Vanessa Vella - San Diego
Katie Forbis - UAB
Laura Skridulis - UAB
Kacey White - North Carolina
Lori Chalupny - North Carolina
Yael Averbuch - North Carolina
Darby Kroyer - Duke
Rebecca Moros - Duke
Kate Seibert - Duke
Carolyn Ford - Duke
Offensive MVP - Lindsey Tarpley, North Carolina
Defensive MVP - Allison Lipsher, Duke