UAB Completes Weekend Sweep With 1-0 Victory Against UTEP

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Emma Smith tallied her first career assist against UTEP on Sunday.
UABSPORTS.COM
Junior Emma Smith tallied her first career assist against UTEP on Sunday.
UABSPORTS.COM

Oct. 16, 2011

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB women's soccer team netted one goal in the 33rd minute and held on for a 1-0 victory against the UTEP Miners on Sunday afternoon at West Campus Field. Senior forward Tiffini Turpin scored the lone goal in the match for her third of the season and second game-winner.

The Blazers (5-9-1, 2-4-1 C-USA) matched the Miners (10-5-2, 4-3-1) shot-for-shot, totaling 11 in the game. UAB out-cornered UTEP, 7-5.

"We need to do much better with possession, but we kept fighting," UAB head coach Harold Warren said. "We got a nice goal from Tiffini and we were able to hold on."

Freshman Megan Collins came off the bench and fired a team-high three shots, two locked on target. Junior midfielder Emma Smith tallied her first career assist when she served Turpin the ball. UTEP goalkeeper Sarah Dilling came out of the net to make the save, but misjudged the angle giving Turpin a clear shot.

Turpin needs just one more game-winning goal to tie UAB's all-time career leader in Sally Palmer (11 gwg, 2004-07).

Senior midfielder Katie Dorman paced the Miners with six shots, two on goal. UTEP almost notched  the equalizer in the 55th minute when the Miners drew a foul to regain possession. Freshman midfielder Mackenzie German ripped the free kick through traffic toward the opposite corner of the goal. UAB netminder CJ Winship dove to her left and completely out-stretched to bat the ball away.

The Blazers will travel to Orlando, Fla. on Friday, Oct. 21 to take on the UCF Knights. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT.