Women's Soccer Falls To Southern Miss, 1-0, In Home Finale

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Jill Porto had three shots in UAB's 1-0 loss to Southern Miss on Sunday.
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Senior Jill Porto had three shots in UAB's 1-0 loss to Southern Miss on Sunday.
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Oct. 28, 2007

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB women's soccer team fell to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in a Conference USA match at West Campus Field. The contest also marked the final home game of the season for the Blazers.

The loss snapped UAB's (8-7-1, 4-3-0 C-USA) four-game winning streak and also marked the first win for Southern Miss (8-9-0, 4-4-0 C-USA) over the Blazers since the 2000 season.

"Southern Miss deserved to win the game," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "They wanted it more. Southern Miss played with a desire to win the game and they had the willingness to do what it took to win."

The Blazers and the Golden Eagles battled to a 0-0 tie at halftime, with UAB gaining an 11-3 advantage in shots during the first half.

The lone score of the game came during the 65th minute when Southern Miss' Bianca Ontiveros netted an unassisted goal to break the tie and give the Golden Eagles the 1-0 win over UAB.

The Blazers held a whopping 21-4 advantage in shots, including 7-1 in shots on goal. Freshman Justine Hartigan paced UAB with six shots on the day, while senior Jill Porto put up three and seniors Sally Palmer and Katie Henricks, along with sophomore Danya Barsalona, added two each.

Renee Hrapmann tallied two of the Golden Eagles' four shots, while Ontiveros and Amy Skeet accounted for one apiece.

Anna Fiser grabbed seven saves while earning the win in goal for Southern Miss. Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship received the loss in goal for the Blazers.

"We had a lot of shots," said Harbin. "But, we just didn't have that finishing mentality. This is the third Sunday in a row that we have come out flat. The other games, we found a way to turn that around. Today, we didn't do that. We seemed to be flat the whole game.

"We would get the ball forward and make the final pass. But, when we made that final pass, we didn't have anyone there in position to finish it. We just weren't assertive enough today."

UAB will conclude its 2007 regular season schedule with a pair of road games next weekend. The Blazers will begin with a match at East Carolina on Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET, followed by the regular-season finale at Marshall on Sunday, with kick off scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.