Oct. 14, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - The UAB women's soccer team put it all together and got its first Conference USA victory of the season Sunday afternoon, blanking the Houston Cougars, 5-0, at Robertson Stadium. Senior forward Sally Palmer led the Blazers' attack with two goals and one assist against the Cougars.
With the win, UAB improved its record to 5-6-1 overall and 1-2-0 in Conference USA. Houston fell to 4-7-1 overall and 0-3-0 in league games.
"This is great for us," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "We had a game plan and we stuck to it. We executed well and were productive for most of the match."
Palmer got things started for the Blazers in the ninth minute of the contest by scoring off of a throw in to put UAB up early, 1-0.
After going into halftime with the score still 1-0 in favor of the Blazers, sophomore Danya Barsalona increased UAB's lead by tallying her fifth goal of the season in the 61st minute, with the assist going to senior Jenny Meyer.
UAB went up 3-0 on the Cougars just over a minute later when senior Jill Porto found the back of the net in the 62nd minute, assist by sophomores Allison Auchter and Caitlin Marple.
The Blazers continued their offensive attack and scored their fourth goal of the match in the 83rd minute when freshman Justine Hartigan, assisted by Palmer and freshman Morgan Haney, put one in off of a throw in and through the midfield.
Palmer, who scored UAB's opening goal of the game, also scored its final goal in the 88th minute when she headed the ball in the net, with sophomore Toni Gockel
assisting, to make the final score 5-0.
"I thought we came out prepared and really played well in the first 10 minutes," said Harbin. "After we scored the first time, we just kind of dropped off. We went flat.
"We addressed that at halftime and really came out focused in the second half. We played well and with a tremendous amount of energy."
The Blazers tallied 21 shots during the match, including 10 shots on goal, while limiting Houston to nine shots overall and just two shots on goal.
Barsalona took a team-high seven shots, including three on goal, while Porto was close behind with six shots and two shots on goal. Stephanie Booker led the Cougars with three shots on the day and Christine Nieva and Maegan Kiphart had two shots each.
Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship earned the win in goal for UAB by earning her fifth shutout of the season and recording two saves. Shelby Scott received the loss in goal for Houston, allowing five goals and grabbing five saves.
"It is certainly nice to bring this win back home with us," said Harbin. "We are excited about finally playing at home next weekend and hopefully we can take a little momentum into those matches."
After playing eight consecutive games on the road, the Blazers will return home for a pair of matches next weekend. First, UAB will host SMU at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by a match with Tulsa at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Both matches will be held at West Campus Field.