Bearcats and Musketeers Play to 1-1 Draw|
Sept. 28, 2011
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw against crosstown rival Xavier on Wednesday night in front of a season-high 1,106 spectators in Gettler Stadium.
The Bearcats (3-5-1) are unbeaten in the last seven matches against Xavier (5-1-1), winning five with a pair of draws. UC is unbeaten in its last 14 home matches against the Musketeers, dating back to 1983. The Bearcats are 11-0-3 in those contests.
XU got on the board first in the 24th minute when Matt Walker finished a Gino DiPaoli cross inside the box for his first goal of the season.
UC faced a 1-0 deficit at the half and wasted little time tying things up in the second 45. After a Xavier foul was whistled 25 yards from goal in the 47th minute, Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) sent a free kick screaming on goal. The save was initailly made by XU keeper Justin Marshall, but Cole DeNormandie (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) was there for the rebound and his fifth goal of the campaign, knotting things at 1-1.
Momentum had shifted to the Bearcats until the 62nd minute when Zach Patterson (Mason, Ohio/Mason) was sent off after his second yellow card. UC was faced with playing the final 28 minutes of regulation down a man.
UC pressed on and forced overtime, where neither team could win it.
Goalkeeper Joey Barnard (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) was strong for UC, coming up with a handful of quality saves to keep the Bearcats in it.
UC will return to BIG EAST play on Saturday at Gettler Stadium, welcoming West Virginia for a 7 p.m. kick.