Martinez Scores First Career Goal to Beat Gardner-Webb|
Sept. 16, 2012
CINCINNATI - Freshman Jacob Martinez scored his first career goal to lead the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime win against Gardner-Webb on Sunday (Sept. 16) in Gettler Stadium.
The Bearcats (3-4-1) possessed the ball for the majority of the match and outshot the Runnin' Bulldogs (0-6-0), 20-13, but Gardner-Webb goalkeeper Scott Krotee made save after save to keep GWU in the match.
Twenty-five minutes in, the Bearcats had a golden opportunity as David Murrow threaded a through ball between the Gardner-Webb center backs that Cole DeNormandie ran onto. He was one on one with Krotee, but the Runnin' Bulldogs' keeper was up to the task.
Gardner-Webb threatened in the 25th minute when a ball was played in to CJ Moore, who volleyed a shot into the ground and across the face of the goal. UC goalkeeper Taylor Hafling saw the ball ricochet off his post before he punched it away.
In the 32nd minute, a strong buildup along the right flank saw Matt Remaley send a dangerous cross into the box, which was redirected by John Manga to the far post. But again, Krotee was there, just getting his fingers on it and pushing the shot away.
UC threatened again in the 59th when Peter Jannelli was left unmarked on the left flank. He cut into his right foot and curled a shot to the upper right corner. Krotee got just enough on it to push it up and over.
In overtime, the Bearcats were the aggressors, controlling the ball and looking for the breakthrough. They nearly got it on the overtime kickoff, as Matt Bahner made a strong run into the box, but his effort was ultimately blocked.
Martinez played the role of hero in the 98th. He carried the ball into the attacking third and played a pass in to Manga. Mange played a one-touch pass back to Martinez, who lifted a shot over Krotee for his first career goal and the winner.
Hafling made six saves in posting his second consecutive clean sheet, while his counterpart, Krotee, made 12 saves.
The Bearcats open BIG EAST play next weekend, traveling to Pitt to take on the Panthers on Saturday, Sept. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.