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No. 10 UAB men’s soccer to face College of Charleston on Friday
As the UAB men’s soccer team is preparing for its last non-conference match of the season, it can’t hurt to know they’ve cracked the top 10 for the third time this year.
The Blazers are ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll as of Tuesday, October 22. The team moved up three spots in the rankings since defeating Tulsa on Saturday, October 19.
Saturday’s game was close, and it was also the first time this season that the Blazers were behind at halftime. But they came back with two goals in the second half to beat the Golden Hurricane, 2-1.
“The guys just did what they’re supposed to do. They just played from start to finish. Yes, we were down at halftime, but we had played really well,” said head coach Mike Getman. “And so, that’s what we told them at halftime (was), ‘Hey, we’re not going to change anything. We’re not going to do anything different. Just keep going. You’re going to get your reward.’ ”
“We worked hard. We did what we were supposed to do,” said freshman forward Rami Dajani, who scored his team’s first goal to tie the game. “Luckily, the ball found me. I just put it in the back of the net.”
Senior midfielder Moses Adeniran, who was chosen Monday as the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, scored the winning goal.
“Moses is just a terrific player and a two-way player,” Getman said. “He helps us on defense, but he obviously can also help us on the offensive side.”
The team will face College of Charleston on Friday. The Cougars are currently 2-9-1 (compared to the Blazers’ 10-2-1 record), but Getman explained why they aren’t guaranteed the win.
“They have the No. 1 strength of schedule in the entire country. They’ve played the most difficult schedule,” Getman said about College of Charleston. “So, yeah, they’ve got a lot of losses, but they’ve all been close games against really good teams.”
“We need to be prepared and understand that even though they haven’t won a lot of them, they’ve competed against the best, and they’ve been pretty good. So, this is a tough challenge for us,” he said.
“Their record isn’t good, but you can’t take that for any account,” Dajani agreed. “It’s going to be a really good game.”
Getman said he anticipates a tough match:
“College of Charleston is always a really hard working team. They’re always a very athletic team. They’re going to work for 90 minutes, win or loose. And so, I’m expecting a team that comes out and really puts pressure on us and tries to chase us all over the field. And if we make mistakes, they’ll punish us for it.”
Dajani had a similar mindset.
“You’ve got to play every game as if it’s the hardest game you’re playing all year,” he said.
Friday’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. at West Campus Field and will be followed by the women’s soccer game against Tulsa.