UC Posts Win, Draw at Bearcat Invitational

April 15, 2007

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team topped Northern Kentucky and drew with the Cincinnati Kings as part of the Bearcat Invitational on a chilly afternoon at Gettler Stadium. 


In the day's first match, the Bearcats played the USL's Cincinnati Kings to a scoreless draw.  In the first half, UC and the Kings traded possession and scoring chances.  The Bearcats' best effort was in the 14th minute, when Lionel Jackson bent a free kick into the box, just out of the reach of the foot of Patrick Baxter near the penalty spot.  With just over 10 minutes remaining, Matt Williams made a sprawling, one-handed save after a Kings centering pass. 


The second match saw the Kings take a 1-0 win over NKU.




The Bearcats wrapped up the afternoon with a 2-1 win against the Norse.  After playing a scoreless first half, UC cracked the scoreboard with 24 minutes remaining on a Noah Davidson penalty conversion after Patrick Baxter was dragged down in the box.  UC had a prime chance to add to its lead with 11:30 to go when a Paul Hoste cross found Baxter in front, but his shot was just wide of the mark.


NKU equalized with a 30-yard blast past Williams with just under 10 minutes remaining.  UC won the match in the closing minutes as Hoste slid a pass up the right flank to a streaking Dominic Oppong, who pulled the NKU keeper off his line and beat him low for the game winner.

"I think overall it was a productive two games for us," said head coach Hylton Dayes.  "The match against there Kings was very competitive, with neither team creating many goal-scoring chances.  We played fairly well offensively against NKU.  I thought Patrick Baxter worked tirelessly in both games and provided a much needed offensive spark."

The Bearcats head to Indianapolis to take on Indiana in the Literacy Classic on April 20.  Kickoff between the Bearcats and Hoosiers is set for 7 p.m. at Indy's Warren Central High School.