Men's Soccer |
Oct. 17, 2012
CHICAGO - Senior forward Leon Powellscored a pair of goals less than a minute apart and the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team played to a 3-3 double-overtime draw at DePaul on Wednesday at Wish Field.
The Bearcats (5-7-4, 2-2-2 BIG EAST) snapped a three-match losing streak and will return to Gettler Stadium for the final two regular-season matches with a BIG EAST tournament berth on the line.
A high-scoring first half opened with DePaul jumping on top in the third minute when Brian Schultz beat Taylor Haflingwith a header off a free kick from Ray DeLeon.
Cincinnati knotted things up a 1-1 when Powell scored on a header off a Cole DeNormandie cross at the 14:37 mark. Powell made it 2-1 just 50 seconds later on a feed from Emmanuel Appiah, notching his second career multiple-goal game. He also scored twice on Sept. 11, 2011, against IUPUI in Gettler Stadium.
DePaul tied things back up at 2-2 in the 20th minute when Antonio Aguilar tallied off a feed from Daniel Michallik.
The Bearcats wrestled back the lead when DeNormandie beat Eric Sorby on a 30-yard bomb in the 37th minute. It was DeNormandie's second goal of the season after scoring seven as a freshman in 2011.
Michael Kozielek provided the equalizer in the 63rd minute on a header from inside 12 yards from Brian Hindle and Art Garza.
Both teams had opportunities in the second half and overtime to win, but Hafling stopped 10 shots, a career high, to earn the point for the Bearcats.
UC scored multiple goals in a game for the first time this season and for the first time since Oct. 22, 2011, in a 4-2 loss at Syracuse, a span of 17 matches.
The Bearcats were outshot 21-19, including 17-10 in the second half and overtime.
"The wind made it very difficult to play today. We had the wind in the first half and took advantage by scoring three goals," said head coach Hylton Dayes. "I thought that we were very suspect defensively and gave up two soft goals in the first half. DePaul had the wind in the second half and scored off another defensive breakdown. We did well to limit their chances after that playing against the wind. I thought we created two or three quality chances late in the game and overtime but could not find a winner. With our final two BIG EAST games at home we will need to pick up points if we are to make the conference tournament."
Cincinnati returns to Gettler Stadium to take on Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.