Bearcats Can't Hold First Half Lead, Fall at Rutgers
Mike Brizzi

Oct. 9, 2011

Box Score

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Mike Brizzi (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) scored his first goal of the season, but the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team could not hold on to a 1-0 halftime lead in a 2-1 loss at Rutgers on Sunday afternoon.

The Bearcats (4-7-1, 0-3-0 BIG EAST) are winless in their first three BIG EAST matches for the first time since 2008, when they opened league play 0-2-1.

For the second match in a row, Sam Klosterman (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) used the throw-in to create a scoring chance for his side, earning the assist on Brizzi's first career goal in the 42nd minute. Klosterman, a senior captain, now has a pair of assists on the season to go with a goal.

The Bearcats held the lead at half, but Rutgers (5-5-1, 2-1-0 BE) wasted little time leveling things. In the 53rd minutes, a dangerous cross in the box was misplayed and caromed off a Bearcats defender past Joey Barnard (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) for an own goal and a tie game.

The Scarlet Knights took the lead for good in the 67th minute on a combination at the top of the box, which resulted in Nate Bourdeau's second goal of the season.

"This was a very disappointing loss," said head coach Hylton Dayes. "We had the lead at halftime and stopped playing. We didn't manage the game well in the second half, which is unfortunate because we had the opportunity to get a result on the road."

The Bearcats will continue on the road with a trip to Louisville to take on the rival Cardinals on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Cardinal Park.