Men's Soccer Falls to Dayton in Spring Game
Emmanuel Appiah

March 30, 2013

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s soccer team gave up two first half goals and could not get on the board in a 2-0 defeat at the University of Dayton on Saturday afternoon during spring season action.

“We started out slow in the game and that really hurt us” said head coach Hylton Dayes. “We were on our back foot for the first 20 minutes of the game and Dayton took advantage, scoring twice. I thought we settled down after that and played fairly well. We had a handful of chances and should have scored at least one goal. Defensively, we need to deal with long balls more effectively and improve our one-on-one defending. We look forward to getting back to practice on Monday, as we have a lot to work on.”

The Bearcats gave up two goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, including a penalty kick. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./Male), who played all 90 minutes between the pipes for UC, reorganized the defense and did not allow a goal in the second half.

Cincinnati had several goal-scoring chances in the game, led by freshman John Manga (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) who connected on a near-post header that sailed just wide of the goal. Another chance for the Bearcats came late in the game when sophomore Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) rocketed a free kick off the cross bar.

Next up, UC will continue its spring season with a trip to North Carolina to take on ACC competitors N.C. State and Duke. The Bearcats will face the Wolfpack at 6 p.m. on Sat., April 6 and will square off against the Blue Devils at 11 a.m. on Sun., April 7.