Women's Soccer Edged By Marshall

Sophomore Johanna Liney scored her fourth goal of the season on Friday.

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Sept. 28, 2012

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Conference USA foe Marshall on Friday night at West Campus Field.

"We had to figure them out defensively," head coach Harold Warren said. "They're a very organized team on defense, but I think we kept the ball well and we scored goals. The bad part is that we gave up goals that we shouldn't have. It was too easy for them to score goals."

UAB (2-9, 1-2 C-USA) scored the first goal of the game in the 40th minute when junior Abby Phillips found the back of the net for the first time this season off a cross from senior Emma Jane Smith.

Before the halftime break, Marshall's (6-5, 2-1 C-USA) Kelly Culicerto hit an equalizer during a scramble in front of the net after a corner kick from teammate Jenna Dubs. The Thundering Herd scored their second goal of the night in the 60th minute when Culcierto hit a cross that Chelsey Maiden sent to the back of the net.

The Blazers continued to fight when freshman Paige Hanks managed to slip the ball through the defenders in the 69th minute and sent it to sophomore Johanna Liney, who shot past the Marshall keeper to tie the game at two goals apiece. Liney now leads the squad in goals scored with four.

Marshall recorded the game-winner when Erin Simmons hit a penalty shot late in the 79th minute.

Up next, UAB will remain at West Campus Field to host East Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.

"We're going to have to focus on defending as a unit," Warren said. "If we do that, then we'll be fine. Scoring goals isn't the problem. We can't try to win high scoring games. It's too difficult. We have to be better defensively."

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