Nov. 4, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s soccer team fell to Tulsa, 1-0, Monday afternoon in the first round of the Conference USA Championship to end the Blazers’ 2013 season.
Eight minutes into the match, Tulsa’s Claire Nicholson lined up for a free kick and passed to Jordan O’Brien who netted the game-winning goal. The Blazers and Golden Hurricane went on to swap possessions and get looks at the net, but Tulsa held on down the stretch to preserve the shutout.
"Tulsa came out really strong and we didn't come out the way we'd like to have," head coach Harold Warren said. "We talked at half and came out with a lot more energy and created a couple opportunities and had some looks. Credit to Tulsa, they're a good team. The girls left it all on the field and that's what I'm proud of. I just want to give thanks to the seniors with that being their last game and what they've done for the program for the present and the future."
Paige Hanks led UAB with four shots for three on target, while Sam Bradford, Kelsey Waechter, Kimberly Fincher, Jasmine Kauka, Johanna Liney and Kasey Johnson all finished with a shot each. Courtnie Northern allowed just one goal, and picked up five saves including one in a breakaway situation, and one in a diving stab to her right.
UAB’s season ends at 11-7-2, one of the most successful seasons in recent history, and a huge turnaround from a 2-17 record a year ago.
"It's a huge turnaround and doesn't happen that often in one year's time. The seniors are the biggest credit for that because they lived through the tough times and saw us grow and helped us grow. We're going to continue to grow and get better and better every year. The very near future is even more promising."
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