Men's Soccer Upends Sixth-Ranked Louisville, 2-0|
Oct. 23, 2013
CINCINNATI -The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team knocked off the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals, 2-0, in the 2013 home finale at Gettler Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The win marked Hylton Dayes' 14th win over a ranked foe.
The Bearcats (6-9-1, 1-5-0 American) thoroughly outplayed the top team in the American Athletic Conference, as UC out-shot the Cardinals (9-3-2, 4-1-1 American), 16-6, including an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Cincinnati jumped on the Cardinals early, netting the first goal of the game in the 12th minute. Alan Rovira (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley/Tyler JC) played a ball from the middle forward to John Manga (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay). Manga took it into the box and then slid it past the keeper for his third goal of the year.
The key for the Bearcats all season has been adding on to a lead and this time UC kept up the pressure, converting again in the 24th minute. Christian Myton (Vandalia, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne) played a ball in from the far corner and found Will Diebold (Coppell, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) in the box. Diebold took the pass and tucked it inside the far post for the 2-0 lead.
From there it was the defense that sealed the victory for the Bearcats. They did not allow Louisville to take a shot in the first 45 minutes, the first time this year UC did not surrender a shot in a half. The Cardinals managed a pair of shots on goal in the second frame, but Alex Gill (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) was up to the task on both attempts to earn his sixth win of the year.
Cincinnati will have to continue their strong play, as they hit the road to face another top-10 opponent in No. 8 Connecticut. The Bearcats and Huskies meet at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Storrs, Conn.