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No. 10 UAB men’s soccer rallies to beat College of Charleston, 2-1
The Blazers were down the majority of the game. It looked like the No. 10 team in the nation was about to face a devastating loss to a school with a 2-9-1 record. But in the last 11 minutes, the UAB men’s soccer team scored two goals to register its 11th win of the season.
The Blazers (11-2-1) defeated College of Charleston (2-10-1), 2-1, on Friday, October 25, in their last non-conference match of the year.
“Tonight they played well in the first half. We played well in the second half. The game is 90 minutes long, and so in the end we got it done,” head coach Mike Getman said.
It was a cold night, and fans huddled together on the metal bleachers, sipping hot chocolate or jumping up and down to stay warm.
The energy on the field was high from the beginning, but the game seemed to be leaning in the Cougars’ favor.
“I thought in the first half, they played with more energy and really outplayed us. It wasn’t that we played badly. I just thought College of Charleston played really hard and really well,” Getman said.
The teams looked unevenly matched, but not in the way you’d expect when a top 10 team takes on a school with a disastrous record.
UAB had trouble keeping possession of the ball. There were times when it seemed like the team couldn’t make three passes without sending the ball over to Charleston.
The Cougars outshot the Blazers 6-4 in the first half, and in the 15th minute Charleston’s Troy Peterson scored his team’s first and only goal of the night.
The crowd appeared baffled when the junior midfielder scored, but the fans increased their cheers for the Blazers as the Cougars ecstatically prepared for the kick-off.
Getman said College of Charleston’s record was deceiving.
“Their RPI is very high. They’ve had the No. 1 toughest schedule in the country. So they have a lot of losses, but they’ve all been very close to very good teams. And that’s what we talked about all week with our guys,” he said.
As the first half went on and opportunities to score were missed, the crowd went from optimistic to frustrated.
UAB’s senior goalkeeper Raphael Ville kept the team in the game with two saves before the break, but there was a nervous energy on the field and off as the teams sauntered off at halftime.
“Rapha’s a big time goalkeeper. That’s all there is to it,” Getman said. “We’d rather he not have to make any saves, but, you know, every game and especially every big game, he makes one or two big plays that allow us to then go on and win the match.”
After the break, the Blazers were more composed, but goals weren’t forthcoming. The team looked worried, and the crowd was growing more and more anxious as the time ticked away.
The clock loomed over the players and fans alike.
When one of Charleston’s players stopped to tie his shoe before a corner kick, Getman had a rare show of emotion as he yelled at the referee, complaining that it shouldn’t take that long to tie a shoe.
As the game went on, it looked like the Cougars were trying to waste time. After all, they had only to hold out long enough and they would defeat a top 10 team.
But with 11 minutes left in the game, redshirt senior midfielder Patrick Huang scored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game. Charleston looked disappointed, but when sophomore forward Freddy Ruiz scored again eight minutes later, the team looked downright desolate.
“In the second half, I thought our energy was much better, and we had an awful lot of chances. It felt to me like it was just a matter of time,” Getman said. “We left it a little bit later than I would have liked, but I thought the performance was really good in the second half, and so, you know, I was confident we’d find the goal somewhere.”
The Blazers only have one home game and two away games left before the end of their regular season. The team now goes on the road to play New Mexico on October 30 at 8 p.m.