Senior Jill Porto scored her first goal of the year in UAB's 2-1 loss at Rice.
Oct. 12, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - The UAB women's soccer team fell to the Rice Owls, 2-1, in a Conference USA match on Friday evening at the Rice Track and Soccer Stadium. The Blazers, who played their seventh consecutive game on the road, were led by senior Jill Porto with the lone goal for the Green and Gold.
UAB moves to 4-6-1 on the year, including a 0-2-0 mark in league play. Rice improved to 8-3-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference games.
"This was a tough one," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "Overall, I thought it was the most complete game that we've played all season. I think that is why it was so hard not to win."
Rice scored first when Kate Edwards put the ball in the back of the net off of a direct free kick in the 31st minute.
After trailing 1-0 at the half, UAB responded when Porto tallied her first goal of the season during the 55th minute with an assist from freshman Morgan Haney. The goal, which also served as Porto's 22nd career score, tied the game at one-all.
Just over a minute after the Blazers' goal, the Owls regained the lead when Shelley Wong scored for the third time this season in the 56th minute, with the assist credited to Clory Martin. Wong's goal proved to be the difference as the final score read 2-1 in favor of Rice.
"I thought we played well," said Harbin. "I liked our energy, ball movement and I thought we defended well. If we can keep playing like we are, and just eliminate a few mistakes, we are going to win games. We don't really need to change anything. We need to keep playing well and hopefully get a little luck on our side."
UAB held a slight advantage in shots, 14-12, including an 8-5 lead over the Owls in shots on goal. Porto led the Blazers with six shots, including three on goal. Senior Jenny Meyer followed with three shots, while five other Blazers added one shot each.
Meghan Erkel earned the win in goal for Rice by nabbing seven saves and allowing just one goal. Kate Blankenship received the loss for the Blazers, allowing two goals and tallying three saves.
The Blazers will return to action when they take on the Houston Cougars (4-6-1, 0-2-0 C-USA) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas.