Men's Soccer Season Comes to an End on Penalty Kicks in NCAA First Round
Nov. 11, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Making its fifth appearance all-time in the NCAA Division I tournament, the No. 23 ranked UAB men's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Gardner-Webb, however the Bulldogs advanced to the next round after out-shooting the Blazers, 3-1, on penalty kicks. The Blazers finish the season with a record of 10-6-4, while Gardner-Webb improves to 9-7-4 and will now play at Clemson in the second round.
UAB redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Wes Johnson gave up an early goal before going on to shut down the Bulldogs. Johnson finished the match with three saves, while Gardner-Webb goalkeeper Tyler Kettering made nine saves on the day, making him the Atlantic Sun Conference all-time career saves leader with 444.
Junior forward Shane Elsner scored UAB's only goal of the game off an assist from senior forward Jersen Monteiro.
"The stats said we had 23 shots and 11 on goal, certainly we had chances to win the game," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "I thought that their goalkeeper played extremely well and made a number of huge saves. That's just soccer. In baseball if you have a hot pitcher then it's hard to score, in soccer, if you have a hot keeper then it's hard to score.
The Blazers led Gardner-Webb, 23-11, in shots with senior forward/midfielder Lukasz Kwapisz getting most of the looks with 11 shots, five of which were on goal. Sophomore midfielder Two-Boys Gumede had three shots for the game.
"Gardner-Webb played a great game," Kwapisz said. "When a game comes down to penalty shots anything can happen. I had a few chances and I readily admit I could've done better with them but credit their keeper, he did great."
Getman expressed his pleasure with how his team played and competed and said that they just lost to a very composed Gardner-Webb team.
"Our guys did what they are supposed to do but their keeper had an outstanding game," Getman said. "I thought Lukasz did exactly what we teach our players to do. He had good composure and tried to pass them in the corners but their keeper just made some great saves."
Gardner-Webb scored first, when in the third minute of the game Richard Godfrey scored his seventh goal of the season. Chris Salvaggione and Miguel Pinzon were credited with assists on the play.
UAB went on to create numerous scoring chances in the first half, out-shooting its counterpart 12-3 for the half. In the 40th minute, Elsner scored his third goal of the season when he headed a shot into the left side corner of the goal, evening the game at 1-1.
The two teams played scoreless soccer in the second half with the Bulldogs holding a 7-6 advantage in shots. In the two overtime sessions, UAB out shot Gardner-Webb, 5-1, however could not find the back of the net.
After Kettering had given the Bulldogs 110:00 solid minutes in goal, Dane Geraci was called upon for the penalty kick shootout and he did not disappoint, making three stops to help the Bulldogs hold off the Blazers, 3-1.
Junior defender Joe Klosterman was the lone Blazer to beat Geraci in the penalty kick shootout.