Bearcats Top Western Michigan, 3-1, in Season Opener|
Aug. 27, 2011
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team battled back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Western Michigan, 3-1, on Saturday evening at the WMU Soccer Complex.
The Bearcats foud themselves down, 1-0, just 11 minutes into the contest. Pat Schiver played the ball in to Lito Esquivel at the top of the box. His shot beat UC keeper Joey Barnard (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) to give the Broncos the early lead.
UC leveled the match in the 28th minute when Shamar Shelton (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George's) settled a clear attempt near the top of the box and sent a quick shot on goal. The ball was deflected by a WMU defender and found the back of the net to make it 1-1.
The Bearcats went to the locker room with the better half of play, creating quality chances and outshooting the Broncos, 10-4.
The UC momentum did not last long as the second half opened with a straight red card issued to Zach Patterson (Mason, Ohio/Mason) for an elbow in the box, forcing the Bearcats down a man for the remainder of the match.
UC changed its shape and defended well, despite the man disadvantage. The Bearcats were able to create chances off restarts and on counterattacks.
In the 80th minute, a UC counter sprung Leon Powell (Kingston, Jamaica/Excelsior) in behind the defense. He was taken down in the penalty area and Sam Klosterman (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West), a senior wearing the captain's armband, calmly buried the ensuing penalty kick for the eventual game winner. It was the senior back's second career goal.
UC ended the drama less than a minute later when a turnover in the WMU backfield sprang Shelton down the left flank. He slotted a pass back through the middle, where true freshman Cole DeNormandie (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) beat Western Michigan keeper Matt Murrell for his first career goal.
"I'm proud of the guys for coming from a goal down to win the game playing a man down for the majority of the second half," said head coach Hylton Dayes. "We started a little shaky giving up the early goal, but settled down to play solid after that."
The Bearcats outshot the Broncos, 14-6, and held the majority of the scoring chances.
UC will face a stern challenge next weekend as it travels to Blacksburg, Va., for the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational. The Bearcats will take on preseason No. 22 Virginia on Friday, Sept. 2, before battling host Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 4.