- Grant enables UAB Hospital staff to feed underprivileged moms of newborns
- Military man coming to UAB for first time, graduates Saturday
- UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to honor distinguished alumni and friends
- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- 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
No. 10 UAB men’s soccer falls to New Mexico
On October 30, the No. 10 UAB men’s soccer team lost to New Mexico, 4-3, in a dramatic finish in Albuquerque.
The Lobos secured their win by converting a penalty kick with seven seconds left in regulation.
The teams were tied for second place in Conference USA before the Blazers (11-3-1, 4-2-1) fell to the Lobos (9-4-2, 5-1-1) on Wednesday night.
The Blazers went into the game with the highest scoring offense in the country, according to the latest NCAA statistical rankings. Although they scored three goals, it was a disappointing game for the team.
“I thought we played poorly for most of this match against a very good team,” UAB’s head coach Mike Getman said. “And yet, we scored three goals; two of them were great goals. We were down late, worked hard. The last 15 minutes, I thought we played quite well. I was confident we would win the game.”
It was only the second time the teams had faced off in program history, but New Mexico took both wins. (Last year, UAB lost to New Mexico, 2-0.)
“I thought we were fantastic today,” New Mexico’s head coach Jeremy Fishbein said.
The Lobos were aggressive from the beginning of the match, outshooting the Blazers 19-4. UAB’s senior goalkeeper Raphael Ville helped keep his team in the game, with seven saves that night, a career best.
The Blazers were the first to score.
In the 22nd minute, sophomore forward Freddy Ruiz scored his 11th goal of the season from seven yards out. Ruiz currently leads Conference USA in goals.
Less than two minutes later, UAB increased its lead when redshirt junior midfielder Alex Clay scored his fifth goal of the season.
Clay took a pass away from New Mexico’s backline and put the ball past senior goalkeeper Michael Lisch.
Despite the two-point lead, the Lobos managed to tie the game before halftime.
In the 40th minute, New Mexico’s redshirt junior defender Riley McGovern scored off an assist from freshman forward Niko Hansen. Just 77 seconds later, Hansen, who leads his team in goals, scored his seventh goal of the season.
After the break, both teams looked to get ahead, but this time New Mexico scored first.
In the 81st minute, Ben McKendry shot; Ville dove, but couldn’t save it. Eight minutes later, Clay took a pass from sophomore forward Karl Chester and sent the ball to the top right corner.
Tied 3-3, it looked like the game would go into overtime. But with seven seconds on the clock, Ville got a red card and New Mexico was granted a penalty kick. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky went in to take Ville’s place, but he couldn’t stop New Mexico’s senior midfielder Michael Calderon’s shot.
“It was just a big win for us . . . You know, tenth ranked team comes in here, still fighting for a conference championship, and we got it all ahead of us,” Fishbein said.
“The story tonight is we made big mistakes,” Getman said. “If you want to win the big games, you don’t get to make mistakes like we made.”
The Blazers return to West Campus Field to face South Carolina on Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. for their final home game.