Nov. 7, 2007
EL PASO, Texas - The UAB women's soccer team fell to the Rice Owls, 1-0, Wednesday evening in the first round of the 2007 Conference USA Women's Soccer Tournament.
Despite outshooting the Owls (12-6-2, 5-3-1 C-USA), 9-5, the Blazers (9-8-2, 5-3-1 C-USA) saw their time in the conference tournament come to an end.
Rice scored the lone goal of the game just 1:15 into the contest when Kellen Schugart put a shot in the back of the net off a direct free kick 30 yards out to give the Owls the 1-0 win over the Blazers.
"Obviously, nobody wants to lose at this time of the year especially," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "We played well, but we weren't able to put away any of our scoring chances."
The Blazers held the advantage in shots, 9-5, but the Owls had a 4-3 edge in shots on goal. UAB also took seven corner kicks during the game, compared to four for Rice.
Senior Jill Porto led UAB with three shots, including one on goal. Seniors Jenny Meyer and Sally Palmer contributed two shots each and freshmen Justine Hartigan and Morgan Haney added one shot apiece. Schugart took all five shots for the Owls on the night.
Meghan Erkel grabbed three saves while recording the win in goal for Rice. Redshirt freshman Kate Blankenship tallied three saves and allowed one goal in the loss for UAB.
"We gave up an early goal, but we had plenty of chances after that," said Harbin. "I felt that we controlled a good portion of the game and thought we would score. We had several close scoring opportunities, but we couldn't capitalize on any of them.
"I am very proud of our players and the effort that they gave in the game. They gave it their all and left it all out on the field."