Oct. 9, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Conference USA opponent SMU on Sunday afternoon at West Campus Field. The Blazers are 3-9-1 overall and 0-4-1 in conference action.
“We did well with ball possession and created a few opportunities,” head coach Harold Warren said. “We started in the hole and it’s tough to get out of, but the girls fought and scored a goal. I thought we played well.”
SMU (8-5-1, 4-1-1) scored a pair of goals in a two-minute span in the first half. Sophomore Courtney Smith assisted both goals, as she served senior Kaitlyn Eidson who fired the shot past UAB keeper CJ Winship in the 17th minute for the first goal. Close to the 19-minute mark Smith directed a free kick into the box where sophomore Katie Bass headed the ball into the back of the net to put the Mustangs up, 2-0.
The Blazers got on the board late in the first half thanks to a pass by sophomore Sam Bradford into the goalie box where Turpin snuck the ball behind Mustang goalie Courtney Webb.
UAB created several scoring opportunities in the contest and almost netted the equalizer near the 71-minute mark. Senior Pascale Pinard launched a pass through the box to freshman Megan Collins who headed the ball just wide of the goal.
The Blazers’ defense made several key plays in the match. SMU junior Kenzie Scovill had a clear path to the net in the 29th minute when UAB’s Jasmine Kauka made a textbook slide tackle to take the ball away.
In the second half, freshman Mary Catherine Combs laid her body down to block a shot attempted by the Mustang’s Shelby Redman inside the box.
Despite the loss, UAB matched SMU in total shots (7) and corner kicks (2).
UAB continues conference action when it hosts Colorado College on Friday, Oct. 14. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.