Palmer, Porto Lift UAB To 2-0 Win Over Tulsa

Oct. 21, 2007

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's soccer team won its third consecutive game and moved its record to 7-6-1 overall, including a 3-2-0 mark in Conference USA, by gaining a 2-0 win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Sunday afternoon at West Campus Field. Seniors Sally Palmer and Jill Porto contributed the two goals for UAB in the win over Tulsa (3-12-1, 1-5-0 C-USA).

"It was great for us to get this win," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "Playing Tulsa is always tough. Head coach Rena Richardson does a great job with that program."

The Blazers got on the board in the 11th minute when Palmer nabbed her sixth goal of the season, with the assist by freshman Justine Hartigan, to give UAB a 1-0 edge at the half.

UAB extended its lead in the 66th minute when Porto found the back of the net, assisted by sophomore Danya Barsalona, to give the Blazers a final score of 2-0. Porto's goal was her fourth of the season, and her fourth consecutive game with a goal.

"Tulsa changed its system a couple times in the first half and that caused us some problems," said Harbin. "We figured it out at halftime and came out in the second half and really played well. We had great energy and executed well."

The Blazers out-did Tulsa, 20-5, in shots, including eight shots on goal compared to zero for the Golden Hurricane. Porto had a team-high five shots for the UAB. Palmer had three shots and Hartigan, Barsalona and junior Caitlin Marple added two shots each.

"I was extremely pleased with our defense," said Harbin. "To hold them to only five shots and to not allow any shots on goal is huge. That is rare to hold a team to zero shots on goal."

Jennifer Kacergis and Stephanie Johnson contributed two goals apiece to Tulsa's total, while Shannon Locke tallied one shot on the day.

Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship got the win in goal for the Blazers. Rachel Robinson allowed two goals and added six saves while receiving the loss for the Golden Hurricane.

UAB will play its final two home games of the 2007 season next weekend, beginning with a match versus UCF on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at West Campus Field. The Blazers will follow that by hosting Southern Miss on Sunday, with kick off scheduled for 2:00 p.m.