Sept. 20, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The UAB women’s soccer team used two first-half goals to propel it to a 3-1 victory against Arkansas-Little Rock (3-5-0) on Friday night. With the win, the Blazers improve to 7-2-0 on the year, which marks the most victories they have tallied in a single season under head coach Harold Warren.
“We played very well tonight,” said Warren. “We tried some new things and it worked out well for us. Arkansas-Little Rock used high pressure defending and we were able circulate the ball and get it forward. That created good opportunities for us. We really were able to control the tempo of the game tonight.”
Sophomore midfielder Paige Hanks scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. Hanks fired a shot towards the Trojans’ net before it was blocked by the UALR defense. She then collected the rebound and beat Trojans freshman goalkeeper Sarah Cavanagh to her short side.
The Green and Gold continued to be the aggressor in the first period, forcing Cavanagh to make three saves along the way. In the 45th minute, UAB broke free again, extending its advantage to 2-0. Hanks once again placed a shot on net, which Cavanagh pushed aside. Redshirt freshman forward Kasey Johnson was there to collect the rebound and fired it in for her fourth goal of 2013.
The host-Trojans made it a match early in the second half. Junior midfielder Alyson Rohane fired a shot towards the UAB goal in the 59th minute. The ball deflected off a Blazer player and into the UAB goal to cut the Green and Gold’s lead to 2-1.
UAB would not let the Trojans back in so easily though. In the 77th minute, senior midfielder Jasmine Kauka sent a long pass towards freshman forward Kimberly Fincher. Fincher collected the pass, took one touch, and buried a shot past Cavanagh, giving the Blazers a 3-1 advantage late in the game. It marked Fincher’s third goal of the season.
“We have a grown a lot and learned a lot so far this season,” Warren said. “We just closed one chapter and the girls know we are just starting another. Everything looks good as we head into conference play.”
The Green and Gold have concluded the non-conference portion of the 2013 regular season. In its next match, UAB will take on Middle Tennessee in its conference opener on Friday, Sept. 27. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
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