Oct. 11, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Senior forward/midfielder Danya Barsalona scored UAB's lone goal of the match as the Blazer women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 tie at Houston on Sunday afternoon in double overtime.
UAB is undefeated in its last three outings and improves its record to 9-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in Conference USA. Houston fell to 3-8-2 overall and 1-3-2 in league play.
"Houston is a much better team than its record indicates," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "In fact, this road trip this weekend to play Rice and Houston was very deceptive. Both teams are very good and well-coached. They are a lot better than their records show and for the most part, have been a bit unlucky this season."
Barsalona's goal in the 41st minute gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead entering halftime. Barsalona hit a shot from around 18 yards out high into the net, with the assist credited to sophomore midfielder/forward Carolyn Polcari, for her third score of the season.
Houston responded with a goal by Katelyn Rhodes, assisted by Stephanie Derieg, in the 69th minute to even the score, 1-1. The two teams played the rest of regulation, as well as two 10-minute overtime periods, and ended the match deadlocked at 1-1.
"I thought the tie was a fair result today," said Harbin. "Both teams had multiple chances to win the game. It could have gone either way today.
"We had a couple of dangerous opportunities late in the game. Houston cleared two chances off the line late, as well as its goalkeeper making a point-blank save."
The Cougars doubled the Blazers' shots, 16-8, while also leading in shots-on-goal, 8-4. Barsalona and sophomore forward/midfielder Laura McCalla led UAB with three shots each, while sophomore forward Tiffini Turpin chipped in two shots.
UAB will be back in action on Friday when it returns home to the friendly confines of West Campus Field to host C-USA foe Tulsa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
"Conference USA is extremely deep in terms of quality teams," said Harbin. "It is important that we continue to play well. Now we will turn our focus to Tulsa and get prepared to play on Friday."