Men's Soccer Falls to Northern Illinois in Opener
Taylor Hafling made six saves for UC.

Aug 30, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Northern Illinois to open the 2013 season at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic. The Bearcats fall to 0-1 on the young season and will look to rebound on Sunday, Sept. 1, with a match versus UNC Wilimington.

The Bearcats fell down 1-0 in the 21st minute when Bertrans Gaschot connected for the Huskies on a pass from James Stevenson. NIU's two goals in the second half both came as a result of penalty kicks.

The first came in the 58th minute when UC keeper Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./Male/New Mexico) saved an initial PK by Stevenson, but could not get to the rebound and Stevenson sent it home.

The second came in the closing minutes, when Issac Kannah converted for NIU with just under two minutes remaining in the match to provide the final margin of 3-0.

"Very disappointing start to the season," said UC head coach Hylton Dayes. "We did not defend well and that showed with the mistakes we made defensively, giving up three goals, two on PKs."

Otherwise, Hafling was solid in goal, making six saves while playing all 90 minutes. He falls to 0-1 on the campaign, while NIU's Andrew Glaeser recorded the victory and made four saves to earn the shutout.

Four Bearcats were able to put shots on target in the contest. Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central), Alan Rovira (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley/Tyler Junior College) Ashani Walker (Kingston, Jamaica/Jamaica College) and Will Diebold (Coppell, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) all recorded shots on goal.

UC was outshot 12-9 in the match, with nine of NIU's attempts on goal. The Bearcats also committed 18 fouls to the Huskies' eight.

Dayes' squad will be back on the pitch in Columbus on Sunday, Sept. 1, when the face UNC Wilimington. The match is set for Noon ET.

"We have to put this behind us and get ready for Sunday," Dayes concluded.