Sept. 23, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's soccer team dropped a Sunday evening match to the Samford Bulldogs, 2-1, in overtime at Bulldog Field. The game was the first meeting between the two programs in history.
Samford scored the only goal of the first half when Lauren Cook knocked in a penalty kick in the 15th minute to put the Bulldogs on top of UAB, 1-0.
"I thought we were fairly average in the first half," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "We looked a little slow in our decision making. Samford was also giving us problems with the way they were playing."
UAB came out in the second half and tied the game at one-all in the 55th minute when sophomore Danya Barsalona kicked in the Blazers' first goal of the game, with an assist from sophomore Danielle Blair. The score marked Barsalona's third goal of the season.
The two squads battled the remainder of the second half and ended regulation in a 1-1 tie, sending the match into overtime.
Samford's Cassie Applegate put a deflected shot in the right corner of the net, with an assist by Natalie Fleming, during the 96th minute of the contest to give the Bulldog's the 2-1 victory over the Blazers.
"I thought we sorted out a lot of our problems at halftime," said Harbin. "We played a tremendous second half, outshooting them 8-2. It was a huge difference between the first and second half. I think we are playing well enough to win, but we just need to find a way to finish."
UAB trailed in shots 6-3 at halftime, but outshot Samford 8-2 in the second half to hold the overall advantage in shots, 12-10. The Blazers also had eight shots on goal compared to the Bulldogs' six.
Senior Sally Palmer led the Blazers with five shots, including three shots on goal, followed by senior Jill Porto with four shots, Barsalona with two and Blair with one.
Applegate and Amber Cress tallied a team-best three shots a piece for Samford, while Fleming had two shots on the night.
Cayley Winters got the win in goal for Samford by nabbing seven saves and allowing one goal. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kate Blankenship recorded four saves for the Blazers.
"The good thing is there is not a large number of things that we need to go back and fix," said Harbin. "We just need to continue playing well and get some confidence before we get into conference play."
UAB will round out its non-conference slate on Friday when they travel to Evansville, Ind. to take on the Evansville Purple Aces at 7:00 p.m.