Men's Soccer Tops Syracuse 1-0
UC goalie Taylor Hafling earned his fifth consecutive shutout.

Sept. 29, 2012

Box Score

CINCINNATI – Senior midfielder Matt Bahner (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) scored in the 55th minute and the University of Cincinnati posted its school-record fifth consecutive shutout in earning a 1-0 victory over Syracuse Saturday at Gettler Stadium.

Bahner scored from just outside the 18-yard box with a shot past Syracuse goalie Alex Bono into the upper right corner of the net with 35:47 remaining in the second half to score the lone goal of the match.

Bearcats’ goalie junior Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./Male) earned his fifth consecutive shutout, recording three saves.

“The guys are playing well as a group defensively,” UC head coach Hylton Dayes said. “Taylor had some good saves tonight and helped organize our defense. We are not scoring a lot of goals, so we have to make it difficult for our opponents to score.”

“Tonight was a great team effort,” Bahner said. “I was lucky to get the ball into the back of the net for the goal. Taylor made some great saves and the back four had great organization and played really well together for us.”

Syracuse (8-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) outshot the Bearcats 15-12 and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore midfielder Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) led UC with a game-high five shots while Ted Cribley led the Orange with four shots.

UC improves to 5-4-2 overall and 2-0 in BIG EAST play. The Bearcats have won their first two league games for the first time since 2010 when UC started conference play at 3-0.

 The Bearcats play host to USF on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Gettler Stadium.