Oct. 26, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's soccer team won its fourth consecutive game and improved its record to 8-6-1 overall and 4-2-0 in Conference USA by defeating the UCF Knights, 2-0, Friday evening at West Campus Field.
The Knights, who were in first place in the league standings going into Friday's contest, saw their record move to 10-3-3 and suffered their first loss in conference play (5-1-1) at the hands of the Blazers.
"UCF is an excellent team," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "I have a lot of respect for them and for (head coach) Amanda Cromwell. She does a great job with that program and that is evident because they have had some really good results this year.
"I think we came out with a lot of positive energy tonight. We had a plan of how we wanted to play and I thought we executed that pretty well."
After going into halftime with both teams yet to find the back of the net and tied at 0-0, the Blazers put the first score on the board in the 53rd minute when sophomore Danya Barsalona headed in a goal to put UAB on top, 1-0. Barsalona, who tallied her seventh goal of the season, was assisted by seniors Jenny Meyer and Sally Palmer.
The match went over 30 minutes without another score until Palmer nabbed her seventh score of the year in the 85th minute to increase the Blazers' lead and make the final score 2-0. Fellow senior Jill Porto was credited with the assist on Palmer's goal.
"We played some nice possession soccer," said Harbin. "We also had some nice creativity mixed in with it. I thought we had two stellar goals on the night. It was a really nice combination goal by Barsalona and Sally's goal there towards the end to help put it away."
Palmer led UAB in shots with five, including three on goal. Porto was close behind with four and Barsalona added three. UCF was paced by Courtney Whidden, Hanna Wilde, Brianna Schooley and Danielle dos Santos with two a piece.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kate Blankenship earned the win in the net for the Blazers, which also marks her seventh shutout of the year, by grabbing three saves against the Knights. Jennifer Manis received the loss in goal for UCF, allowing two goals and recording seven saves.
The Blazers will be back in action on Sunday when they host Southern Miss at 2:00 p.m. at West Campus Field. The match will mark the final home game of the season for UAB and will also serve as Fan Appreciation Day. Admission will be free to everyone.