NKU Tops Bearcats 2-1 in Spring Finale
Matt Remaley

April 13, 2013

CINCINNATI -The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team fell 2-1 to Northern Kentucky University on Friday evening at Gettler Stadium in the spring season finale. Freshman John Manga (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) netted the Bearcats' goal in the first half.

"Obviously we are disappointed in the final result" said head coach Hylton Dayes. "But we were able to get through the spring season and make progress. As far as the results, we didn't get the record we wanted, but we were able to get a lot of players playing time and build as a team."

Fifteen minutes into the first half, UC broke a scoreless tie with the first goal of the game. Sophomore Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) played a ball through to sophomore Matt Remaley (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) who collected the ball near the sideline. Remaley sent a diagonal cross across the goal where Manga was waiting to slot it home and give UC a 1-0 lead.

The Norse responded midway through the first half with two goals in five minutes. The UC defense had trouble clearing and NKU jumped on the opportunity to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.

"We had a lapse of five minutes in the first half where NKU scored both of their goals" said Dayes. "You cannot give a team those opportunities. We have a lot to work on heading into the fall season, but we know what we need to do to prepare."

The Bearcats had several chances in the second half, but could not get past a stout NKU defensive line. The Norse also saw their fair share of chances but redshirt sophomore Taylor Hafling, who played all 90 minutes between the pipes, recorded the second-half shutout to keep Cincinnati in the game.

The game closed the competitive spring season for UC. The Bearcats will hold their annual alumni match on Sun., April 14 at 2 p.m. at Gettler Stadium.