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Gamecocks visit West Campus Field
With a 5-2-2 record, the Blazers look poised to make a run at the Conference Championship and a berth in the National Tournament as conference play begins.
The Blazers look to avenge their two recent loses against Portland and Washington as the South Carolina Gamecocks visit West Campus Field, October 4 at 7 p.m.
“It is a very big game,” said Head Coach Mike Getman. “We want to start the conference season out right.”
South Carolina, the 2010 Conference USA champion, came to Birmingham with a record of 4-4-1. The Gamecocks have played well in conference with recent wins over Memphis 3-2 and Tulsa 2-1.
“Their team (South Carolina) is very similar to last season’s team,” said Getman. “They are very tough defensively and tough on the counter attack. They just always seem to find ways to win.”
UAB will open their 2011 Conference USA schedule with the Gamecocks, with their only opponent in common being Clemson. The Blazers took care of the Tigers 2-1, while the Gamecocks came up short 2-0.
“South Carolina is a very good team that made a deep run into the national tournament last year,” said Senior Chris Williams.
“To win we have to play well,” said Getman. “We can win every match if we play consistently for 90 minutes.”
The Gamecocks took both meetings from the Blazers last season and ended the Blazers’ season in the Conference Tournament with a 3-2 victory in Memphis. The Blazers look to avenge their 2010 fortunes against the Gamecocks Tuesday and get one step closer to possibly winning the conference championship.
“If we can continue to put together complete games we can win the conference,” said Getman. “If we are to win against Carolina it does not mean we will win the conference, but it is important to our confidence.”
“It is our conference opener; every game in conference is important, especially the home games in front of your home crowd. We hope to have a lot of fans there, to help us start out with a win,” said Williams.