It was solely methods for the UAB soccer crew final week in its first loss at Legion Area since 2014 however the Blazers at the moment are trying to get some treats as they return to league motion in a Halloween haunting in opposition to considered one of their extra bitter rivals.
The Blazers (4-2, 2-Zero C-USA) bounce again into convention motion as they journey to face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Saturday, Oct. 31, at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, Louisiana.
Kickoff is ready for two:30 p.m. on Stadium.
Each the Blazers and Bulldogs are coming off losses as a consequence of fourth-quarter collapses and Louisiana Tech is at present on a two-game skid after falling to each Marshall and UTSA. Regardless of the Blazers struggling their first loss at dwelling since 2014, UAB in sole possession of the western division lead with a tie-breaking win over second-place UTSA.
“I’ve tons of respect for coach (Skip) Holtz,” UAB head coach Invoice Clark stated. “In case you have a look at what they do yr after yr, they do an awesome job with their program. Clearly, we’re going to their place the place it will be very onerous to play. It’ll be an enormous sport for them. They got here off the identical factor: a very powerful loss the place they had been seemingly in management the entire sport after which misplaced it on the finish.”
The final three seasons have seen the division race warmth up and turn into extra clear following the rivalry showdown between UAB and Louisiana Tech. The Blazers are 3-Zero in opposition to the Bulldogs since 2017 — the one western division groups with a win over UAB throughout that stretch is North Texas (2017) and Southern Miss (2019) – and have clinched a victory within the last minute twice whereas kicking off their 2018 convention title run with a dominating win in Ruston.
“We’re speaking about convention play each day,” Clark stated. “We are able to’t stand to lose a single sport; it doesn’t matter who we play. The convention video games are simply extra necessary. They are surely. Our final aim is to win the championship yearly. We don’t make any bones about it. It’ll be a tricky one and a bygone.”
UAB led by double-digits late within the third quarter in its loss to Louisiana final week, competing effectively in opposition to a crew with a season-opening win over at present ranked No. 23 Iowa State, however had been unable to increase its 21-game dwelling successful streak following crucial fourth-quarter errors and a litany of penalties.
“It was very powerful, particularly going again in and seeing the fellows afterward,” proper deal with Sidney Wells stated. “It was a tricky one. Shut video games like that, as coach Clark would describe them, championship video games, come down to a couple performs. Sadly, we didn’t come out on that finish.”
“To keep away from the hangover, guys are motivated,” he added. “I used to be seeing guys after conferences that didn’t need that feeling once more. I’m positive everyone goes to return in able to work and motivated. We don’t need that feeling anymore.”
The Blazers have misplaced back-t-back video games solely 3 times since returning to the sector and that’s one of many major explanation why Clark goes for his 50th win as a Division I school head coach. It’s no coincidence that Clark will get one of the best out of his crew following disappointment and that alone ought to strike concern into the opposition.
“After a loss, it’s a few of the hardest instances,” he stated. “It’s onerous for coaches. It’s onerous for gamers. That’s how we develop. That’s what we’ve at all times finished and that’s how we do it. Our gamers are upset, clearly. One thing can be mistaken with them in the event that they weren’t upset. It’s all about getting again and getting that unhealthy style out of our mouths. As soon as once more, we all know we’re going to be enjoying an opponent who feels the identical manner. We’ve got to repair us and at all times right our errors. That’s at all times what we try to do.”
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