Men's Soccer Puts Eight on Goal but Fails to Rally
Alan Rovira put four shots on goal in UC's 1-0 loss to UNC Wilmington.

Sep 1, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team put eight shots on goal but was unable to find the back of the net after allowing an early goal and fell to UNC Wilimington, 1-0.

Alan Rovira (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley/Tyler JC) led the charge for the Bearcats (0-2), putting all four shots he took on net. Jonathan Cottrell (Dubai, U.A.E./Dubai College), Calvin Opperman (Aukland, New Zealand/St. Kentigern College), Matt Remaley (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) and Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) also each put a shot on target. UNC Wilmington (2-0) keeper Sean Melvin was up to the task, making all eight saves.

The Seahawks got on the board early, with Nathaniel Goodwin finding the back of the net in the third minute. Goodwin headed it past UC keeper Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./Male/New Mexico) on a feed from Jacob VanCompernolle on the left.

Melvin made it stand up, making two saves in the first half and six in the second to capture the victory. Hafling made three saves in the contest.

Rovira was a major part of the UC attack, getting four shots between the posts as he was moved to the inside of the attack by head coach Hylton Dayes.

"We moved Alan inside and he was much more involved in our attack," Dayes said.

All told, Dayes was pleased with the effort from his squad. The Bearcats doubled their on-target output from their first match, while also allowing just one goal after giving up three tallies in Friday's loss to Northern Illinois.

"I thought we were better today on both sides of the ball," Dayes said. "I thought the guys made a much better effort, but credit to UNC Wilmington. They scored an early goal and made it stand up."

UC will return to action this weekend, hosting the Bearcat Soccer Classic at Gettler Stadium. The tournament will open with Evansville facing Northern Illinois on Friday, Sept. 6, at 5:00 p.m. Cincinnati will take on No. 15/8 Saint Louis at 7:30 p.m.

Season tickets for the 2013 men's soccer season start at just $10 and are available by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX or by visiting