Oct. 8, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team fell, 6-2, to UAB Blazers, ranked No. 15 nationally, on Sunday at West Campus Field.
The Owls' offensive had difficulty capitalizing on several scoring opportunities, collecting 16 shots versus the Blazers' 17 in 90 minutes of play. Deniz Bozkurt and Ronald Garcia led the offense each tallying three shots and one shot on goal. UAB took an early lead collecting three unanswered goals in the first period.
After two shot attempts by each team, UAB put its first point on the board with an 18th minute assisted goal. FAU's Ronald Garcia attempted two more shots before UAB scored its second goal in the 23rd minute of play. Five minutes later, the Blazers scored again connecting with the lower left corner of the net.
FAU quickly responded to the first half 3-0 deficit. In the 55th minute, Scott Cohen collected his first collegiate goal putting FAU on the board. Shortly after, an FAU substitution brought Jason Garcia into the game. After five minutes of play, Daniel Montoya crossed the ball to Garcia who shot to the top-right corner of the net earning the Owls second goal in the 66th minute and a 3-2 UAB score.
With FAU battling back, the Blazers answered with a strong offensive attack that the Owls ultimately fell to. Between the 72nd and 79th minute, UAB iced the game with three more goals and the 6-2 loss for the Owls, their first of the season.
FAU (5-1-1, 1-1-0) returned to Boca Raton in preparation for two home matches this week. The Owls host Conference USA opponent Marshall University on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. before facing Howard University on Sunday, Oct. 13 at noon.