Oct. 30, 2011
Greenville, N.C.—Senior forward Tiffini Turpin scored the golden goal in the 101st minute, lifting UAB to a 3-2 win in double overtime in the Blazers’ season finale against East Carolina at the ECU Soccer Stadium on Sunday.
Turpin tallied all three of UAB’s goals for her first career hat trick and closed the season with 11 points in the final seven games. The Birmingham native ended her career on a high note while the Blazers (6-12-1, 3-7-1 C-USA) fell slightly short of qualifying for the C-USA Championship.
“It was a good way to end the season. Our offensive game was good,” UAB head coach Harold Warren said. “Tiffini got a nice hat trick and Carolyn [Polcari] had two assists. We did what we needed to do.”
Turpin finished her career with 11 game-winning goals, placing her in a three-way tie for first on UAB’s all-time list with Sally Palmer (2004-07) and Adrienne Suffridge (1999-02).
The Blazers notched the first goal Sunday in the 36th minute when sophomore Abby Phillips served Turpin, who shot the ball from 21 yards out to find the back of the net.
ECU (10-7-1, 5-6-0) retaliated in the 79th minute as the Pirates regained possession after a UAB foul. Chrissy Gratz launched the free kick from 35 yards out and the ball found its way past UAB keeper CJ Winship.
Just three minutes later Polcari passed to Turpin, who beat Pirate keeper Berit Hansen with a shot high under the cross bar for the go-ahead goal.
With four minutes remaining in regulation, ECU tallied the equalizer. Lexi Miller ripped a shot into the upper left corner of the goal thanks to a great pass from Beth Batchelor.
The score remained knotted 2-2 through the first period of overtime. The Blazers wasted no time at the beginning of the second overtime period as Turpin netted the ball in the first 51 seconds. Polcari registered her second assist of the game as she found Turpin, who fired the shot into the lower left corner.
The Pirates out-cornered the Blazers 6-4 and held a 22-13 shot advantage. Winship was a wonder between the posts, making 10 saves.