Sept. 21, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Southern Miss fell to Conference USA rival UAB on Friday, 1-0, in Birmingham to open up conference play at West Campus Field.
"I was pleased with the pace and effort we played with tonight, but we failed to capitalize on our opportunities," said coach Scott Ebke. "UAB did a great job of moving the ball and they made the most of their chances."
The Blazers (2-7, 1-0) struck first in the 53rd minute on a Paige Hanks strike when she was able to evade keeper Lindsey Schwaner and dribble into the net. It was Hanks' second goal of the season assisted by Sam Bradford.
Southern Miss (3-4-1, 0-1) was outshot 6-3 in the first half and ended the game behind 12-8 in the overall count, including three on goal for the Golden Eagles.
Schwaner added six big saves to keep the margin close, but the Golden Eagles were never able to make up the gap. Danica Roberts led the team again on offense with four shots with one on goal.
"We will need to regroup and prepare for a very tough, very talented Memphis team," Ebke added. "The team will learn from this game, improve, and build on this performance."
The Golden Eagles will return to action on Sunday when they travel north to take on the Tigers in another C-USA showdown. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.