Sept. 21, 2007
KENNESAW, Ga. - The UAB women's soccer team was edged by the Kennesaw State Owls, 1-0, Friday evening at the KSU Soccer Complex. The Blazers out-shot Kennesaw State 18-11 in their second loss of the season.
"Overall, I thought we played very well in every aspect of the game except for finishing," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "We created dangerous chances and got a lot of good shots off. At the end of the day, we just couldn't find a way to finish and put it in the back of the net."
The game was deadlocked at 0-0 until Kennesaw State's Maylee Attin-Johnson scored off of a free kick in the 72nd minute to give the Owls the 1-0 win over the Blazers.
The Blazers held an 18-11 advantage in shots, including a 12-3 edge in shots on goal. UAB was led by a trio with three shots each, including seniors Sally Palmer and Jill Porto and sophomore Allison Auchter. Freshman Marie Yempuku tallied two shots and seven other Blazers added one shot each to UAB's total.
Katie Piotrowski grabbed 12 saves on the night to hold on to the win for the Owls. Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship recorded two saves in goal while receiving the loss for the Blazers.
"I give their goalkeeper a lot of credit," said Harbin. "She made 12 saves during the game, including five or six point blank saves."
The loss for the Blazers (4-2-1) marks their second defeat of the year and only the second time all season UAB has been shutout. UAB's only other loss came at the hands of Gonzaga, 2-1. The previous shutout for the Blazers was a 0-0 tie with Mercer on Aug. 31.
"We played extremely well, but didn't put it away," said Harbin. "Defensively, we were solid. The midfield started off a little slow, but picked up quickly. We attacked well, having 18 shots and 12 shots on goal. We need to continue to play well and with confidence and be able to finish the piece by getting the ball in the back of the net."
The Blazers' next game will be on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. when they face crosstown foe Samford at the Bulldog Soccer Complex in Birmingham, Ala.