Bearcats Drop Home Contest Against DePaul|
Oct. 19, 2011
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team erased an early deficit, but ultimately fell, 2-1, against DePaul on Wednesday night at rainy Gettler Stadium.
In a match marred by wet, sloppy conditions and steady rainfall, DePaul (5-8-2, 2-3-1 BIG EAST) took advantage of a defensive mishap in the 21st minute and leading scorer Antonio Aguilar scored his seventh goal of the season to give the Blue Demons a 1-0 lead.
UC came out a bit flat in the first half, but opened the second stanza with more energy and creativity. In the 65th minute, the Bearcats broke through on a set piece. Freshman Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) sent a free kick into the box from the left side and sophomore Michael Millay (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) buried a header for his second career goal and first of the season. He is the 10th different Bearcat to score for UC this season.
Another defensive lapse proved to be fatal for Cincinnati in the 71st minute. Aguilar carried the ball down the left flank and sent a cross through the UC box, where it was deflected by a UC defender and goalkeeper Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./New Mexico) before finding an unmarked David Silvaggi on the back post, who finished for the game winner and his sixth goal of the campaign.
Hafling made six saves in his second career start, including a sprawling save against Matt Leinauer that kept it close.
UC is winless against DePaul in its last five chances (0-4-1) since 2007.
The Bearcats will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Syracuse for a date with the Orange on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.