Freshman Sarah Hopper had two shots in Thursday's contest.
Oct. 27, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- In it's final home game of the 2011 season, the UAB women's soccer team took a nil-nil draw into halftime against the nation's eighth-ranked team before Memphis tacked on two early second-half goals for a 2-0 win at West Campus Field on Thursday night.
"Memphis is a solid team." head coach Harold Warren said. "We contained them in the first half. We did a better job of keeping the ball and got in a few times in the second half."
The Blazers (5-12-1, 2-7-1 C-USA) battled the Tigers (18-0-1, 10-0-1) back-and-forth through the first 45 minutes of play. Memphis peppered UAB keeper CJ Winship with eight shots in the first half. Two of those shots ricocheted off the posts while Winship made four saves to preserve the draw.
The Tigers kicked off the second half with two goals in the first three minutes. The pair of goals, which came in the 47th and 48th minutes, were scored by freshman Kaitlyn Atkins for her third and fourth goals of the season.
Kylie Davis served a cross pass right through the goalie box and as Winship stepped out of the goal to play the ball, Atkins was there to tap the ball over the line. A minute later, Christabel Oduro launched a pass to Atkins who headed the ball just under the cross bar.
UAB tried to take advantage of a few scoring chances, however the Blazers could not find the back of the net. One of those chances came in the 72nd minute when freshman Johanna Liney ripped the ball across her body and into the 18-yard box. Senior Tiffini Turpin was in position to take the pass, but could not get the shot off and the Tiger defense was able to clear the ball.
UAB will wrap up its 2011 season at East Carolina on Sunday in a makeup game from Sept. 30 that was suspended due to severe weather conditions. Kickoff is slated for 10 a.m. CT.