BOCA RATON, Fla. – The No. 22 UAB men’s soccer team scored three goals for the seventh time this season, shutting out Florida Atlantic, 3-0, Saturday night at FAU Soccer Stadium.
“I was really pleased with how we played,” head coach Mike Getman said. “I thought we did a good job of taking control in the match early and keeping control all the way through. FAU had a really good game plan and stuck to it, and it was Senior Night, so you know that they are going to work hard for each other. I thought we played well and really forced the game to be played the way we wanted it played.”
With the win, UAB officially clinches the No. 3 seed in the C-USA Championship, set to begin next week. The Blazers will play No. 6 Marshall at 3:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
“We will be the No. 3 seed and we will play against Marshall, who will be the No. 6 seed. It’s back-to-back years that we’re No. 3. In this conference, that’s a very solid achievement. This is one of the top five leagues in the country. While our goal was to win the league, third place is certainly a solid finish.”
In Saturday’s match, senior forward Diego Navarrete continued his hot streak against the Owls, pushing his goal total to four against FAU in the last two meetings. After totaling four assists and two scores in last year’s 6-2 win, Navarrete scored two more Saturday night. The Santiago, Chile native put UAB on the board first in the 19th minute and again found the net in the second half off an assist from Alex Clay.
Junior defender Ian Svantesson pitched in with a goal of his own in the 46th minute, his third of the season.
UAB took nine shots for six on goal and held FAU to just four. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky tallied his third shutout of the season as the Owls didn’t put a single shot on target.
The win Saturday gave UAB its sixth-straight 10-win season and also was win No. 350 for the program. Getman is now just one win away from 300 all-time and three away from 100 C-USA victories.
“Now we have to turn around and get ready for Marshall,” Getman said. “We had a very good result against them in the regular season, but they are coming off a game where they beat New Mexico at their place, something we haven’t been able to do the past couple years. They’re a dangerous team that has proven they can beat good opponents and we’re going to have to be ready for them.”