Oct. 5, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The UAB women's soccer team fell to the Memphis Tigers, 2-1, in overtime Friday evening at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The match served as the Conference USA opener for both squads.
"I thought it was a great match," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "This league has such great competition. Both teams had chances to win. We had ours, but we didn't take advantage of them. Memphis took advantage of its chances."
Sophomore Danya Barsalona put UAB (4-5-1) on the board first when she tallied her fourth goal of the season in the 26th minute, with an assist by senior Sally Palmer, to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
"Danya had one of her best games tonight," said Harbin. "She played very well and was dynamic with the ball. She also defended well. She worked hard in both directions. If she continues to play this way, we will be in good shape."
The Tigers (8-2) responded in the 73rd minute when Harumi Someya, assisted by Tarah Kerr, put one in the back of the net to the tie the game at one-all.
Regulation ended with the scored still deadlocked at one apiece, forcing the game into overtime. In the 96th minute of the contest, Memphis' Vendula Stnadova assisted Kylie Hayes on the game-winning goal for the Tigers.
"I thought we started off a little slow tonight," said Harbin. "We picked things up and got the goal and we were looking good. After halftime, we came out strong and were attacking well. There was a period, about five minutes towards the end of the regulation, where we lost focus a little bit. In that time, Memphis got off a lot of shots.
"Going into overtime, I thought we had our focus back. We made some mistakes down the stretch and had one big breakdown where they scored the game-winning goal."
Memphis led UAB in shots, 15-9, while the two squads matched each other in shots on goal with five each.
Barsalona, along with senior Jill Porto and junior Caitlin Marple, led the Blazers in shots with two apiece. Hayes took a team-high four shots for the Tigers, followed closely by Melissa Smith with three.
Isabel Briones was the winning goalkeeper for Memphis, grabbing four saves and allowing one goal on the night. Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship received the loss in goal for UAB, tallying three saves and allowing two goals.
UAB will return to the field on Oct. 12 when it travels to Houston, Texas to take on Rice in a 7:00 p.m. match.