Women's Soccer Comeback Falls Short

Sophomore Johanna Liney recorded a goal and an assist on Sunday.

Oct. 14, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB women's soccer team mounted a comeback late in the game, but ultimately fell to Rice, 3-2, on Sunday at West Campus Field.

"The comeback attempt was great," head coach Harold Warren said. "Like in the first half, we kept the ball fairly well, created more opportunities, and scored. That's what happens when you create good opportunities. Defensively, we just let in goals that we could have prevented."

UAB (2-14, 1-7 C-USA) scored the first of its goals in the 70th minute when sophomore Mary Catherine Combs set the ball up in front of the net for sophomore Johanna Liney to head the ball over Rice's keeper, Amy Czyz.

In the 83rd minute, Liney sent a corner kick to the opposite side of the box, giving junior Kirsten Ebert space to launch the ball into the back of the net.

"Kirsten's great in the air, and it was a perfectly served ball from Jo on the corner kick," Warren said. "Ebert went up like she usually does, she had that space to go up and head the ball in."

The goal marks Ebert's first of the season, while Liney continues to lead the team in goals scored (6), assists (3) and points (15).

Rice (9-5-3, 6-1-1 C-USA) scored its first goal in the fourth minute, when Lauren Hughes headed a cross into the net. In the 23rd minute, Quinney Truong sent a free kick into the net from just outside the box. The Owls scored its final goal in the 53rd minute when Holly Hargreaves struck from the left side.

Up next, UAB will hit the road for the final time in the regular season, first traveling to Dallas, Texas, to face SMU on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. CT. The Blazers will then make the trip up to Tulsa, Okla., to face Tulsa on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. CT.

Check UABsports.com for continued coverage of the UAB women's soccer team.