Bearcats Get First BIG EAST Win|
Oct. 15, 2011
CINCINNATI - Cole DeNormandie (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) and Shamar Shelton (Kingston, Jamaica/St. George's) scored to lead the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team to a 2-1 win against Villanova on Saturday night at Gettler Stadium.
The Bearcats (5-8-1, 1-4-0 BIG EAST) got their first BIG EAST win and are unbeaten against Villanova all-time, leading the series 6-0-1.
DeNormandie got the scoring started in the eighth minute when he ran on to a lob from Mike Brizzi (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland), shielded his defender and beat Villanova keeper John Fogerty low to the left. It was the freshman's sixth goal of the season, which is tied for the BIG EAST lead amongst freshmen.
In the 21st minute, Shelton gave the Bearcats some breathing room with his second goal of the campaign. He played a pass into Will Diebold (Coppell, Texas/Jesuit College Prep), who worked a one-touch pass back to Shelton streaking up the left sideline. Shelton corralled the pass, settled it just inside the 18-yard box and blasted a left-footed shot to the far post for a 2-0 lead.
UC held the two-goal advantage going to the locker room, but Villanova cut the deficit in half in the 56th minute. Ryan Whalen found some space along the right flank and cut a pass back through the UC box, where Dylan Renna finished past keeper Taylor Halfing (Louisville, Ky./New Mexico) for his second goal of the season.
UC was able to hang on the rest of the match thanks to a strong backline effort and solid play from Hafling, who was making his first career start in place of an injured Joey Barnard (McKinney, Texas/McKinney). Hafling finished with five saves.
The Bearcats will try to make it two straight conference wins when they welcome DePaul to Gettler Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.