Bearcats Knock Off No. 12 Irish

Sept. 17, 2006

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    CINCINNATI, Ohio - Noah Davidson scored on a header in the 84th minute to push the University of Cincinnati to a 2-1 victory against No. 12 Notre Dame on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Gettler Stadium. 


    Davidson's first goal of the season pushed UC's record to 4-3-1 overall and evened its mark at 2-2-0 after the first two weekends of conference play.  The Fighting Irish fall to 4-3-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the BIG EAST. 




    After UC controlled play for the first several minutes of the match, Notre Dame found the back of the net after some unlucky breaks for the Bearcats.  Ryan Miller played a long diagonal ball along the near side to Nate Norman, who fired a shot on goalkeeper Mike Vessells.  Vessells made the initial save, but the rebound bounced right onto the foot of Justin McGeeney, who tapped home his fourth of the season and gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead just 11:36 into the match.


    Notre Dame held possession for much of the half, but never really created many dangerous chances.  Early in the second half, UC would net the equalizer.  After intercepting a pass in the defensive third, Davidson played a through ball to Lionel Jackson, who made a run up the near side.  Jackson beat his defender to the ball and dribbled into the 18-yard box.  His cross landed perfectly on the foot of Kenny Anaba, who one-timed his shot past ND keeper Chris Cahill for his second of the season. 


    The match, knotted at 1-1, got physical during the second half as fouls mounted and the intensity heated up.  In the 82nd minute, Davidson was hit with a questionable yellow card after a 50-50 header at midfield.


    He would atone quickly, however, with the game-winner.  Patrick Baxter carried the ball in along the far side before sending a perfect cross into the box.  Anaba flicked his header toward a vacated area in front of Cahill and Davidson filled the spot with a driving header into the lower right corner for the decisive tally.


    "We're really pleased with the effort of our guys," head coach Hylton Dayes said.  "To come back from a goal down against a quality team like Notre Dame is something to be proud of."


    The Bearcats earned six big points in the BIG EAST standings this weekend and will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a non-conference clash with Cleveland State.  Kickoff between the Bearcats and Vikings is set for 7 p.m. at Gettler Stadium.