Blazers snap Herd win streak
HUNTINGTON — The UAB women’s soccer team only had one shot on goal in the second half of Sunday’s Conference USA match against Marshall on Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
It was enough.
UAB’s Johana Liney found herself in space moving down the left side of the pitch and launched a rising shot from the edge of the keeper box that beat Marshall net minder Lizzie Kish in the 78th minute.
That was good enough for a 1-0 win for the Blazers, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Thundering Herd – all of which were 1-0 wins.
Marshall (6-3-1, 1-1 C-USA) dominated possession and shots in the second half, but couldn’t find the target. The Herd outshot UAB (8-3-0) 21-14, but only five shots were on goal. Forwards Myka DeMarco and Erin Simmons generated 13 of the Herd’s chances.
“It’s very frustrating and disappointing,” said MU head coach Kevin Long.
“I think the team has been playing well lately, but from the beginning of the season we’ve talked about how we want to A: create a lot of chances up front, and B: capitalize.
“What’s disappointing is taking 21 shots and not scoring on one of them, when we’ve had days where score one goal on 10 chances and win and get out-shot. Today the reverse happened.”
Marshall seemed to struggle with fatigue toward the end of the first half, and couldn’t get much going after UAB scored. The Blazers were able to drop extra players back into its defensive half.
C-USA teams play on a schedule where they play two games in three days, one on Friday and another on Sunday.
Long admitted that makes for some tired legs in the Sunday game. However, he said it shouldn’t be an excuse.
“It may be the toughest scheduling in the country,” he said. “With that said, it’s equal, and we’re the ones who got to sleep in our own beds last night.”
Long said he would have liked to see more fight from his team in the first half, and that the squad has to start generating more offense.
“It seems like we came out unprepared and a little flat,” he said. “Maybe, having such a young team, we forget that every time that whistle blows we have to bring out our A-performance. It took us 45 minutes to get into that mode today. We’d like to have that first half back and have that urgency and level of play for the entire game. Maybe we still give away a goal, but 90 minutes playing at that top level, I want to see that team play.”
The Herd will return to action Friday against Louisiana Tech in Ruston. The match starts at 8 p.m.
UAB 0 – 1 – 1
MARSHALL 0 – 0 – 0
UAB – Liney (un), 78:14.
Shots: UAB 14; M 21. Saves: Northern (UAB) 5; Kish (M) 3. Corner kicks: UAB
3, M 3. Fouls: UAB 6, M 6.
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