Bearcats Fall to Western Michigan on Late PK|
Oct. 10, 2012
CINCINNATI - Leon Powell scored his first goal of the season, but the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team dropped a 2-1, double-overtime decision against Western Michigan on Wednesday night at Gettler Stadium.
Western (9-3-2) scored in the second minute when Oliver Mayer dribbled through the midfield and sent a shot on goal from 25 yards out. The shot appeared to catch the UC defense off guard and found the net for a 1-0 lead. The goal snapped a 569 minute shutout streak at home, having last conceded a goal on Aug. 30 against St. Francis (Pa.) in the home opener.
The Bearcats (5-6-3) created chances throughout the first half, with Powell looking especially dangerous, finally rounding back into top form after missing the first nine matches of the season. The match went to the half with UC facing a one goal deficit.
UC pushed forward in the second half, attacking with more urgency and firing 10 shots to Western Michigan's five in the second 45 minutes.
In the 83rd minute, head coach Hylton Dayes pushed the right buttons, subbing midfielder Emmanuel Appiah for defender Wyatt Stephens and changing the team's formation looking for more offense. The equalizer came just two minutes later. Zach Patterson played a ball in to Cole DeNormandie at the top of the box. DeNormandie one-timed a pass onto the foot of Powell, who was making a run down the left. Powell blasted a shot past WMU keeper Sean Lewis to knot things at 1-1 in the 85th. Powell became the seventh different Bearcat to score this season.
UC had the momentum and looked close to winning in regulation on a couple of chances late from DeNormandie. The first overtime period was dominated by UC, with three shots in the early stages. Western threatened late with a dangerous free kick just outside the area that went high off the foot of Darren Jones.
Just 1:41 into the second overtime, UC was whistled for a foul in the penalty area and the Broncos were awarded a penalty kick. Shane Lyons converted past Taylor Hafling and the Bearcats lost for the first time in the last six matches in Gettler Stadium.
Cincinnati outshot the Broncos, 19-14, in the match, which featured 41 total fouls.
The Bearcats dive back in to BIG EAST play with a road date at Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m.