Will Harris
Asst. Sports Editor

The resurgent season for UAB women’s soccer came to an early and abrupt end against Florida Atlantic University Wednesday, Oct. 1. The first-round match was a part of the Conference USA women’s soccer championship tournament held in Boca Raton, Florida. The lady Blazers entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, while FAU, the host school of the tournament, was the No. 6 seed.

UAB had a shot to gain an early goal to lead in the twenty-fifth minute but the long shot struck the top post of the goal. FAU was able to regain the rebound off the post and the scoreless affair continued. The match-up was a defensive struggle for 90 minutes as neither team was able to score in regulation, sending the game to overtime.

In overtime, FAU’s Tiril Haga sent the ball into the box that was received by Elisa Holmes. Holmes was able to push the loose ball forward to Asta Arnadottir who shot across the net past UAB goalkeeper Kelsey Daugherty. The golden goal gave FAU the 1-0 win and ended a strong UAB season.

“My heart is broken for our kids.” said first-year women’s soccer head coach Erica Demers. “It wasn’t a lack of effort that hurt us today. We made a mistake and Florida Atlantic capitalized on it. We had chances to finish the game and unfortunately, we came up short. When you get to tournament play and the game is tight like it was tonight, the margin for error is so small.”

Senior Amy Brewer’s 25 points puts her at 10th-most single season points in UAB history. Daugherty was the Conference USA leader with an average of 0.75 goals allowed per game. Daugherty’s seven shutouts this season is the second-most in school history.

“I am beyond thankful for the experience this year has brought for our program and staff,” Demers said. “We grew as a team and as people. We will miss our seniors deeply and I wish we could have done more for them today and stay together as a team to fight another day. All the best to Florida Atlantic in the next round.”

The Owls accumulated 15 shots with six being on goal. The lady Blazers had seven shots with six being on goal. The Owls’ goal keeper collected six saves to UAB’s five. Both teams had five corner kicks.

The lady Blazers finished the season with a final record of 13-4-3, 7-2-1 in conference. The team finished their best season since 2004 and earned several all-conference honors in the process. These players include Daugherty and Brewer on the first team, Rachel Green on the second team and Audria Wood on the third team. Wood also made the conference’s all-freshman team along with Regan Kommor. The lady Blazers won nine more total games than the 2016 season and six more conference games under Demer’s first year as head coach.

Will Harris can be reached at willhrrs@uab.edu and on Twitter @Kscope_sports.

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