Bearcats Open Spring Season with 1-0 Win over Buckeyes
Peter Jannelli

March 3, 2013

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s soccer team opened its spring season in style with a 1-0 victory over in-state rival Ohio State University on Sunday afternoon at the Sheakley Athletics Center on the UC campus. Redshirt junior Peter Jannelli (Springfield, Pa./ Springfield) tallied the lone goal while redshirt sophomore Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./Male) recorded the 90-minute shutout.

“I thought we had a good amount of possession in the first half” said head coach Hylton Dayes. “Ohio State stepped up their pressure in the second half and we had to move the ball a lot quicker, with emphasis on wide play. Peter (Jannelli) scored a well-taken goal which I thought we deserved. Overall, it was a very positive start to the spring season for us.”

Cincinnati and Ohio State played to a scoreless tie in the first half, before the Bearcats finally broke through midway through the second period. Jannelli gathered the ball on the left side of the field and fired a shot from 20 yards out. The ball sailed past the OSU keeper to give UC the lead.

The one-goal margin proved to be enough thanks to a stout Bearcats defense, anchored by Hafling. The sophomore played all 90 minutes against the Buckeyes after totaling 1,809 minutes during the 2012 fall season.  The defensive unit picked up where it left off in the fall when it recorded a school-record six consecutive shutouts against Towson (1-0), Gardner-Webb (1-0 OT), Pittsburgh (1-0), Cleveland State (0-0 2OT), Syracuse (1-0) and South Florida (0-0 2 OT).

The Bearcats will continue their spring season on Sat., March 30 when they travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Flyers of the University of Dayton. The game will be played at 2 p.m.