Men’s soccer drops a match to rival Memphis, 3-1

By on November 6, 2012

The UAB soccer team (9-6-2, 4-4-0 C-USA) fought hard Wednesday night, but were unable to walk away with a win as they fell to the Memphis Tigers (7-6-3, 3-2-2 C-USA) in the last game of the regular season Halloween night in front of 187 fans.

UAB has struggled to find offense often this season, but Karl Chester seems to be hitting his stride going into post season play. File Photo

Memphis, one of UAB’s toughest Conference USA rivals, traded shots with the Blazers for most of the first half, and in the 37th minute the Tiger’s Quincy Thomas played a ball to his teammate Chandler Gagnon who drilled it 35 yards, connecting with the back of the net, and giving Memphis a 1-0 lead to close out the half.

While The Tigers controlled most of the first half, the Blazers never gave up. As the second half of the match wore on, UAB did everything possible to create scoring opportunities. During minute 76 of the game, the Blazers were able to equalize as Alex Clay played a ball into the box which found its way to Senior Kofi Gyawu who fired a laser into the corner tying the game 1-1.

While Gyawu’s goal energized the Blazers, the shift in momentum would be only temporary.

Memphis answered back with two goals in minutes 82 and 85 of the match giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead as the Blazers ran out of time to respond.

Junior goalkeeper Rafael Ville had 5 saves that night, but his performance wasn’t enough to stop the Tigers who outshot the Blazers 18-8.

Losing to a conference rival like Memphis certainly hurts; however, fortunately for the Blazers, their place in the Conference USA tournament is already secured.

“This is going to be a great opportunity to play in our town in front of our fans” said head coach Mike Getman. The Blazers will have a few days to rest up and get some players healed before they face their first postseason opponent.

The matchups for the Conference USA tournament will be decided after all regular season play concludes Sunday November 4, 2012.

The first round of this year’s Conference USA tournament will be held on Wednesday, November 7, at Regions Park in Hoover, Al with the first quarterfinals match set to kick off at 5 p.m. followed by game 2 at 7:30. Session 2, the semifinals, are set for Friday, November 9, with a game at 5 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. The Championship match is set for Sunday, November 11, at 1:00 p.m.

Chase Cole
Staff Writer

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