Oct. 24, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The No. 25 UAB men's soccer team received goals from junior Michal Mravec and senior Jonah Stewart to lead the Blazers past UCF, 2-0, in men's soccer action at West Campus Field Saturday night. The victory gives head coach Mike Getman his 200th win at UAB and vaults the Blazers (10-3-1, 4-1-1) back into first place in the Conference USA standings with 13 points.
"I thought we played extremely well tonight," Getman said. "We have talked all season about playing hard and smart for 90 minutes. In most games we've done that and most games we've been successful. Tonight, we played hard and fought for 90 minutes and I don't think there was ever a question on who was going to win this match."
The victory improves Getman's 18-year record at UAB to 200-123-27 (.610), and he is now 242-149-36 (.609) during his 23-year head coaching career.
"It's always nice when you reach certain marks," Getman said in regards to his milestone win. "This team and myself have been focused on playing hard and winning games. Until it was announced tonight, I didn't realize it was my 200th win. It's a nice mark to have, but it tells you more about the quality players we have had at UAB and the number of guys who have worked hard to help build this program into something special. I enjoy the 200 mark because it represents how successful so many of our players have been."
The Blazers dominated in the statistics, outshooting the UCF, 21-7, in the contest, including an 11-2 shots-on-goal advantage. UAB also held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks on the night.
Mravec put UAB on the board first at the 22:17 mark with his second goal of the season and first career game-winner. The tally was set up by junior forward Anthony King when he beat a defender down the right side and blasted a shot at goal. King's shot was blocked by a defender but the ball went right to the feet of Mravec. The Zilina, Slovakia native then drilled a shot which beat UCF goalkeeper Shawn Doyle to the right side, giving his team a one-goal advantage.
The Blazers sealed the game at the 72:42 mark when Stewart scored his first career goal and became the 11th different UAB player to find the back of the net this season. Senior Bart Markel
set the goal up with a corner kick to the back post that found the head of Stewart. The Birmingham, Ala. native would strike a header from six-yards out, towards the far post and into the net for the final score.
UAB Goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski recorded his sixth shutout of the season, which places him in a tie for third (with former great Loukas Papaconstantinou) for shutouts in a single-season in program history. Woszczynski made two saves on the night and lowered his goals allowed average to 0.86 which would be a new single-season school record if it holds up.
"It's hard to hold any team to only seven shots in a game," Getman said. "I thought Carl played well and even though he didn't make a lot of saves, he did a good job of organizing our defense. Our backs did extremely well throughout the entire game. Our defense was rock-solid."
The Blazers will return to action on Wednesday night when they host South Carolina at 7 p.m. at West Campus Field. The contest will mark the regular-season home finale and will also be the last regular season home contest for UAB's eight seniors: Alandus Brooks, Two-Boys Gumede, Wes Johnson, Sibusiso Macwele, John Markey, Dean Sorrell and Jonah Stewart.
Admission is free to all UAB students with a valid ID, while students and season ticket holders are encouraged to attend a pregame tailgate with free food and drinks beginning approximately 60 minutes prior to the start of the match.