Manga Gives Men's Soccer 1-0 Decision to Open Road Trip at Cleveland State|
Oct. 2, 2013
CLEVELAND -John Manga's goal sent the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team to a 1-0 decision at Cleveland State on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The win to open a three-game road trip improved the UC record to 3-6-1, while the Vikings fell to 3-7-0.
The sides played a scoreless opening period, with just four shots being taken. The first 45 minutes saw UC keeper Alex Gill (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) make four saves to keep the Bearcats in the match.
The second half saw UC strike early, as Manga (Louisville, Ky./Henry Clay) found the back of the net in the 49th minute. The sophomore converted a header on a corner kick by Jonathan Cottrell (Dubai, United Arab Emirates/Dubai College). It was the first tally of the season for Manga, and the second of his career.
"It was a well executed corner kick," said UC Head Coach Hylton Dayes. "(Cottrell) delivered an excellent near-post ball and Manga timed his run perfectly."
Gill and the Bearcat backs made the goal hold up, with Gill making another pair of saves in the second half to preserve the clean sheet.
"We did a good job of defending, especially after the goal," Dayes added. "Cleveland State put a lot of balls in the box, but the defense and Gill did well."
Gill's clean sheet and six saves improved his record to 3-2-1 on the year, while his counterpart, CSU's Nick Ciraldo, took the loss and fell to 1-3-0 while allowing the lone goal.
The Bearcats play the middle leg of their three-game road swing on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they visit Rutgers. The American Athletic Conference match is set for 7:00 p.m. at Yurcak Field.