Oct. 19, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's soccer team won its second consecutive Conference USA game and remained undefeated at home this season by topping the SMU Mustangs, 3-1, Friday evening at West Campus Field. The win marked the Blazers' first victory over the Mustangs in program history.
"I was really pleased with the game tonight," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "It was great to finally be back at home after spending over a month on the road. It also helps to have your fans there and the great atmosphere that we have. It gives you that extra energy."
UAB (6-6-1, 2-2-0 C-USA) scored the lone goal of the first half when senior Jill Porto kicked one in during the 13th minute, with the assist going to sophomore Danya Barsalona, to put the Blazers up 1-0. The score marked Porto's third goal of the season and her third consecutive game with a goal.
The Blazers extended their lead to 2-0 in the 66th minute when senior Sally Palmer headed in her fifth goal of the year off a corner kick by sophomore Toni Gockel.
SMU (5-6-1, 1-4-0 C-USA) got on the board in the second half when Allison Brill tallied a goal in the 76th minute, with the assist by Kimber Bailey, to tighten the score to 2-1.
UAB responded with a third goal courtesy of Barsalona, her sixth of the year, in the 85th minute to ensure the win for the Blazers, 3-1.
"I thought we played a fairly solid game," said Harbin. "We played well for all but about 10 minutes late in the first half. I thought we got a little flat there. But, we put together 80 minutes of good soccer and that was nice to see."
UAB edged out SMU in shots, 11-9, including a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Porto and Palmer led the Blazers with three shots each, while Barsalona and freshman Justine Hartigan
added two shots apiece. Brill contributed five shots to the Mustangs' total, while Brittainy Vice had two and Bailey and Lauren Shepherd had one each.
Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship earned the win in goal for UAB by allowing just one goal and grabbing three saves. Meagan Boyle received the loss for SMU, giving up three goals and recording two saves.
The Blazers will be back in action on Sunday when they host Tulsa in a Conference USA match. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at West Campus Field.
"We are concentrated on Tulsa now," said Harbin. "Dropping the first two conference games of the year was difficult. You don't want to start off that way. The only thing we can do is look forward and continue to play one game at a time. We are excited to play at home again and we need to go out there and put together a solid performance against Tulsa on Sunday."