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UAB women’s soccer beats East Carolina, 3-2(Photos)
Updated–Despite a constant drizzling rain, the UAB women’s soccer team beat East Carolina, 3-2, on Sunday, October 6.
After tying UTEP 1-1 on Friday, the Blazers came out with an aggressive start to their second conference home game. But when East Carolina scored first, UAB looked disheartened.
In the 23rd minute, ECU got a corner kick, which junior defender Kelly Miller collected, placing the ball in the top right corner.
The Blazers quickly recovered.
Only five minutes later, UAB’s senior midfielder Jasmine Kauka scored unassisted from the top of the box.
Soon afterwards, it looked like the ball went in for UAB again, and fans were clearly disappointed when they realized there hadn’t been a goal.
The first half ended with the teams tied, but after the break, it was UAB that scored first.
Four minutes into the second half, redshirt freshman Kasey Johnson scored her fifth goal of the season. Johnson collected the rebound from senior defender Amy Harrison’s shot and put the ball past the Pirates’ junior goalkeeper, Saundra Baron.
In the 70th minute, a foul was called on ECU, and UAB was awarded a free kick. Kauka used the opportunity to score her second goal of the game and her third of the season.
“It was made because of the team,” Kauku said about her goal. “We couldn’t have had those goals if our whole team wasn’t up. So those goals were good, especially because we needed this win this weekend.”
ECU fought hard to catch back up, and both teams struggled through the rain, which got heavier as the game went on.
“(The rain) never affects us,” head coach Harold Warren said. “It made it interesting, but hey, you know, ECU’s a dangerous team. It’s always been a tight game between the two of us, but we came out with the win.”
With eight minutes left in regulation, ECU’s freshman forward Lana Spitler scored the Pirates’ second goal. Miller collected the assist.
East Carolina kept pushing to the end, but UAB’s defense didn’t give up another goal.
“We controlled the tempo well,” Warren said. “We could have moved the ball a bit quicker and been a bit more dangerous. But controlling the tempo’s everything. (If) they don’t have the ball, they’re not dangerous. I thought we did a good job of that for the majority of the game.”
The Blazers continue conference play, as they go on the road to play Charlotte on Friday, October 18 at 6 p.m.