Oct. 4, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s soccer team (8-3-1, 1-1-1) recorded a 1-1 draw against UTEP (8-3-2, 1-1-1) on Friday night at West Campus Field. With the tie, UAB now has four points in Conference USA play, topping its point total from last season in a mere three C-USA matches.
“It is good,” head coach Harold Warren stated. “I am sure they are not happy about that, which is good. But it is a good start to conference. We have been playing some tough games; Middle Tennessee away, Marshall away, and UTEP at home. Those were some tough, tough games. We have four points, that’s not bad. We have to take care of business the rest of the games.”
UAB jumped out to an early lead in the sixth minute of play. Freshman midfielder Morgan Key-Adams played a pass to fellow freshman forward Kimberly Fincher. Fincher collected the ball and fired it into the lower left corner for her fourth goal of the year.
UTEP responded quickly and tied things back up one minute later. Miners senior midfielder Azia Nicholson tallied her team-leading sixth goal of 2013 to tie the score at 1-1.
Neither team could pull ahead for the remainder of regulation. Senior midfielder Kirsten Ebert and freshman forward Kasey Johnson each had attempts on goal in the first half, but were turned away by UTEP junior goalkeeper Sarah Dilling both times. Sophomore defender Ashley Naumoff had a shot on net in the second frame, but was stymied by Dilling.
With the score knotted at 1-1, the match went to overtime. The two teams played two 10-minute periods, but neither squad could muster another goal. Each team had an attempt on goal in the extra sessions, but each shot was saved.
“It was a tough match,” concluded Warren. “We always knew it was going to be a very, very tough match. UTEP is a good team and works extremely hard. We came out and scored a nice goal early. I thought it was a fairly even game and we just went for it.”
The Blazers are back in action on Sunday when they host Conference USA foe East Carolina. The match is slated to start at 12:30 p.m. at West Campus Field.
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