Sept. 21, 2012
BIRMIGNHAM, Ala.--The UAB women's soccer team opened the Conference USA schedule with a 1-0 win over Southern Miss on Friday night at West Campus Field.
"This week, we talked about being a winner, how to be a worker and give everything you have," head coach Harold Warren said. "They left it all out on the field tonight and that's what happens when you put in the work. This is the menttalty they have to have because conference is a new season for us."
After UAB (2-7, 1-0 C-USA) dominated defensively in the first half, freshman Paige Hanks scored her second goal of the season late in the 54th minute. Hanks took a pass from junior defender Sam Bradford and beat Southern Miss (3-4-1, 0-1 C-USA) keeper Lindsey Schwaner to take a shot at the open net.
"At half, we talked about timing our runs better, because they've been late," Warren said. "Paige timed the run perfectly, Sam slipped a through ball, it was controlled well, and Paige beat the keeper and scored. We've got a good young group of players, and they're only going to improve."
In goal for the Blazers, Courtnie Northern earned her second win of the season and first career shutout. Northern made three saves on the night, including two scrambles in front of the net late in the second half to preserve the score.
UAB out shot Southern Miss 12-8. For the Blazers, Hanks led the team with three shot attempts, all on goal. Junior defender Amy Harrison and freshman midfielder Paige Hoffman added two shots apiece to UAB's final total.
"Controlling the tempo of the game was crucial," Warren said. "In the first half, and you even could see in the second half, we had a lot of the ball. We were controlling the game and that's a big thing for us."
For the Golden Eagles' Danica Roberts led her squad with four shots, one on goal.
Up next, UAB will remain at West Campus Field to host No. 6 UCF on Sunday at noon CT.
"They're a good team," Warren said. "I think we match up well with them. We'll do a few things tomorrow, nothing hard, and just be prepared for them. All we can do is give everything we have."
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