St. John's Tops Bearcats, 2-0
gobearcats.COM Scott Stockum
Scott Stockum

Oct. 20, 2007

Box Score

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team dropped its third straight BIG EAST match, falling 2-0 against St. John's at Gettler Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 20) night.  The Bearcats (5-8-1, 3-4-1) lost for the third straight time, while SJU (7-4-4, 4-1-2) ran its unbeaten streak to seven.

"We are obviously disappointed with our performance tonight," said head coach Hylton Dayes.  "St. John's was deserving of the win.  Things started badly and we didn't react well."

The Red Storm got on the board in the second minute of action after a miscommunication between UC goalkeeper Miguel Rosales (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) and defender Amir Ikner (Olathe, KS/Blue Valley West).  Michael Mingione collected the ball with Rosales off his line and his initial shot was deflected away by Ikner, but not far enough as Mingione put home the rebound for a 1-0 lead just 1:59 in.

With the Bearcats pushing forward looking for the equalizer, a wonderful build up gave St. John's its second goal and put the match away in the 72nd minute.  Michael Luk played the ball into Omar Alfonso, whose through ball was on mark for Tafadzwa Chiduku.  Rosales came off his line, but Chiduku scored, sending the Bearcats to their first loss of the season at Gettler Stadium.

UC entered the match with a 5-0-0 mark in Gettler Stadium, outscoring opponents 14-1.

"We've played well at home all year," said Dayes. "But we knew it would take a good effort to get the win.  We just need to refocus our efforts as a team and understand what it takes to get results in this league."

The Bearcats face another stiff test, traveling to USF for a mid-week match on Oct. 24.  UC and the Bulls will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the USF Soccer Stadium.