Missed opportunities lead to Ole Miss victory
Posted on Sep 11, 2012 in Sports
The Lady Blazers have had a tough start to the 2012 season and Friday night was no exception as the Green and Gold fell 4-1 to Ole Miss.
Ole Miss wasted no time getting on the board, scoring two goals in the first half alone. Their first goal was scored 14 minutes into the game off a pass from Erin Emerson to Alix Hildal.
The Lady Blazers did their best to control the field, but were unable to contain the explosive nature of the Ole Miss offense. In the 43rd minute of the game Mandy McCalla delivered a lightning fast ball into the back of the net giving Ole Miss a 2-0 lead to end the half.
UAB head coach Harold Warren said “the mistakes are getting to us.”
“I have to give credit to Ole Miss, they’re a very good team and very well coached. We just have to do what we can to minimize our mistakes, and keep working.”
As the second half opened it seemed as if the Lady Blazers caught a second wind when Sophomore Johanna Liney, assisted by fellow sophomore Megan Collins, scored her second goal of the season, and the Blazers only goal in Friday night’s contest.
“We had some great moments tonight with Jo Liney’s goal to bring the score to 2-1 but our mistakes were costly. We just need to get better.”
Ole Miss’ final goals were scored by Rafaelle Souza during the 69th and 80th minutes of play.
While the start of this season has been less than stellar, the UAB women’s soccer team still has time to better before conference play starts. There are two non-conference games left, after which UAB has 11 conference matches that will determine how the Blazers end their season. If UAB wants any shot at a conference title they will need to learn to quickly minimize their mistakes, work together as a team, and capitalize on every opportunity.
UAB continues on the road to Florida this week where they will face Stetson Friday, September 14th at 3 p.m, before heading over to Boca Raton, Fla. Sunday, September 16th to meet the Florida Atlantic Owls at 10 a.m.