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Blazers look ready for VCU classic
The Blazers Men’s Soccer team hosted a Free Youth Day Clinic before their final exhibition match on Saturday at West Campus Field. Over 1,000 fans were in attendance as UAB defeated Jacksonville University in a decisive 3-0 victory.
“This is what UAB soccer is supposed to be,” head coach Mike Getman said. “We had great community support. I thought it was a really exciting event. I think that helped our players to perform at a higher level. When you have 1,000 people in the stands, it motivates you.”
The Green and Gold returns after a hard fought 2012-2013 season that ended with an overall record of 10-8-2. The Blazers graduated a number of seniors who had been instrumental to the success of the team; however, UAB did not miss a step Saturday night as they worked together to overcome the Dolphins.
It took the Blazers time to adjust to the Dolphins playing style, but once they did UAB took full control of the game as sophomore Freddy Ruiz broke away and scored the first goal in the 36th minute of play.
The Blazers and Dolphins battled back and forth as the Dolphins scrambled to tie the game before the half, but the Blazers played a slow and steady ball which allowed them to hold on the 1-0 lead.
“I thought our first exhibition was okay,” Getman commented. “The second one was a little bit better. I thought today was really quite good. I think we have made good progress and are happy where they are.”
The Dolphins continued their aggressive pace in the second half, but each attempt to even the score was met by a tenacious defense and an outstanding performance by red shirt freshman Joe Kuzminsky who made 2 saves in the second half and senior Raphael Ville who saved 4 goals during his 72 minutes of play.
The Blazers wasted no time scoring in the second half as junior Darion Copeland headed the ball into the back of the net off a corner kick from red shirt senior Patrick Huang half way thru the 51st minute of play. Red shirt junior Alex Clay was responsible for the final goal of the night as he blew past several Dolphins with a pass from Ruiz and neatly deposited the ball into the corner of the net.
“I thought today we really looked like the team I think we can be,” Getman stated. “In the first half, in particular, we had a really nice rhythm, played really well, and created a great goal. I am really pleased with the team so far.”
The Blazers will have a few days off to recuperate before heading to Richmond, VA on August 30 for the VCU Classic which will kick off the regular season. The Blazers are scheduled to face VCU Friday night at 6:30 after which they will face High Point on September 1, at 3:30 p.m. UAB will return to West Campus Field Friday, September 6, to take on Indiana at 7:30 p.m.