- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
- Enjoy Christmas at the Alys Dec. 2, “The Season’s First Jingle”
- Engineering’s Ning wins ASTM International award
- Collat School of Business unveils sign at celebration
- Heudebert elected master by American College of Physicians
- Anti-aging strategies can improve more than looks
- On campus ‘blackout’ taken in stride
- Bariatric Surgery Services to present annual fashion show Nov. 25
Men’s soccer – UAB beats Kentucky, 2-1,
The No. 14 UAB men’s soccer team (6-1-1) beat Kentucky (2-5-0), 2-1, Sunday afternoon.
“We played very well in the first half and deserved our 2-0 lead,” head coach Mike Getman said.
The Blazers put themselves on the board almost instantly. When UAB’s sophomore forward Freddy Ruiz shot in the third minute of the game, Kentucky’s sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving recorded a save but couldn’t keep his hands on the ball. Senior midfielder Alex Clay collected the rebound and put it past Irving, scoring his second goal of the season.
Clay scored his first goal of the season in the previous game against Belmont. Before going on the road, Clay talked about scoring.
“I’ve been kind of struggling to find the net,” he said. “I work pretty hard during the games, and I just want to score, but finally it happened and it was a great feeling, but hopefully there’ll be more to come.”
In the 29th minute, redshirt senior midfielder Patrick Haung sent a corner kick toward the box, which sophomore defender Ian Svantesson headed into the net. Like Clay’s, the goal was Svantesson’s second of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Raphael Ville had to saves against the Wildcats in the first half, and Kentucky couldn’t get the ball in the net.
In the second half, the Wildcats came out strong, leading UAB in shots 10-1. Ville recorded two more saves in the second period, but with seven seconds remaining in regulation Kentucky’s redshirt senior forward Brad Doliner scored on a penalty kick.
“Raphael was very good, as was our defense,” Getman said. “We were a little disappointed to give up a goal with only seven seconds remaining, but very happy with the road win against a very good team.”
The last minute goal had an element of irony to it.
“Kentucky’s a very good team, and last year they beat us (in Birmingham) 2-1 on a very late goal,” Getman said Friday before leaving town. “So I expect a very tough match, but I think we’re the better team. We’ve been defending well. We’ve been scoring lots of goals, and so I expect a good result.”
Getman’s expectations were spot on. The Blazers closed their first conference match of 2013 with another solid, consistent performance. UAB’s defense has been particularly strong lately. Doliner’s penalty kick was the first goal UAB allowed in the last 298 minutes of play.
The Blazers now continue on the road, playing Memphis on Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.