Kentucky claims victory



Photos by Christopher Booz/Sports Reporter

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Men's Soccer Head Coach Mike Getman reacts to midfielder DJ Benton receiving a yellow card.



Christopher Booz
Sports Reporter
haiti101@uab.edu




September 8, the Blazer community gathered a crowd of 902 in for the Green Army Night to the BBVA Compass field. September 8, the Blazer community gathered a crowd of 902 in for the Green Army Night to the BBVA Compass field. UAB Blazer Men’s soccer team hosted Kentucky Wildcat Men’s Soccer. 

In the first half of the game, the UAB Blazers kept even against the Wildcats 0-0. The Blazers were dominate through their offensive plays in the first half.  Men recorded six shots and two corner kicks. Entering the second period, the UAB’s Goal-keeper James Teal was scored on twice through Kentucky’s successful throw-ins at the 64th minute and 77th minute.  

At the end of the 90-minute game, the score remained Kentucky 2-0 UAB. In the first half of the game, the UAB Blazers kept even against the Wildcats 0-0. The Blazers were dominate through their offensive plays in the first half. Men recorded six shots and two corner kicks. Entering the second period, the UAB goal-keeper James Teal was scored on twice through Kentucky’s successful throw-ins at the 64th minute and 77th minute. At the end of the 90-minute game, the score remained Kentucky 2-0 UAB.  

UAB Men’s soccer enters the game with two game losing streak versus the undefeated Kentucky team. In the beginning, The Blazers fought hard against the Wildcats outshooting them 6-2 shots on goal attempts. The match was scoreless in the first half until 64th minute when Brock Lindow scored on the back post on a set piece to give Kentucky a 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats ended any chance of a Blazer comeback in the 77th minute when JJ Williams scored, making the score 2-0. According to Mike Getman, UAB Men’s Soccer Head Coach, assignments and the advantage of the 6’7 (Aime Mabika) player’s presence disturbed the defense, which was one of the causes of the scores of set pieces. 

UAB (1-4-0, 0-1-0) has lost three consecutive matches, while Kentucky (4-0-0, 1-0-0) remains undefeated and has shut out every team played this season.  Overall, Blazers played their game but with this lost, Conference record is now 0-1 under .500 which is not good for a playoff run. 

“We had an awful lot of shots on goal,” Getman said. “The Kentucky keeper made six saves and three of four of them were brilliant ones.” 

After the game, the players left with their head downs and shook hands walk off to prepare for Friday, Sept. 14, at FIU. Kickoff between the Blazers and Panthers is slated for 6 p.m. CST in Miami.


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Midfielder DJ Benton (14) receives a yellow card due to a foul call for tripping over player 21 from the Kentucky Wildcats.




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