Men's Soccer |
Oct. 27, 2012
CINCINNATI - A free kick goal as time expired was the difference as the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision against No. 14/18 Louisville on Saturday night in Gettler Stadium.
After the Bearcats (6-8-4, 3-3-2 BIG EAST) were whistled for a foul with 3.8 seconds remaining in the second half, Louisville's (12-4-1, 7-1-0) Paolo DelPiccolo sent a free kick into the box. The curling ball found its way through all the traffic in front of goalkeeper Taylor Hafling and into the net as the clock read 0:00, handing UC its first loss in three matches.
The Bearcats were the better side for the bulk of the match, outshooting the Cardinals, 13-10, and creating several chances.
UC's best chances came early in the second half. In the 52nd minute, the Bearcats were threatening and Louisville keeper Mike Mauro came off his line and outside the box to clear a through ball off the foot of Leon Powell. The ball stayed in play and Cole DeNormandie was free from 35 yards out. He lofted a shot over a retreating Mauro, but caught the side netting just a foot or so wide.
Moments later, Powell found himself in on Mauro on the right side. His right-footed shot from inside the 18 beat Mauro but again found the side netting. Mauro made four saves on the night for the Cardinals.
Louisville threatened early, with a good combination play getting Zach Foxhoven into the box along the left side, one on one with Hafling. His left-footed shot from a harsh angle was cleared away by the sophomore goalkeeper.
Foxhoven forced Hafling into action again in the 77th minute. The Cardinals had possession in UC's defensive third and knocked the ball around, finally finding Foxhoven about 15 yards out on the left side. He fired a shot that Hafling was able to get a hand on and guide out of harm's way.
Hafling made three saves and finished the regular season with 79 saves, a 0.99 goals against average, and eight shutouts.
Prior to the match, the Bearcats honored eight senior members of the program. Matt Bahner, Mike Brizzi, Danny Mortemore, Zach Patterson, Powell, Shamar Shelton, Wyatt Stephens, and manager Kristin Sweeney were recognized for their careers with UC.
Cincinnati qualified for the 2012 BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 5 seed in the Red Division and awaits its destination for a first-round match on Oct. 31. The Bearcats will travel to either Notre Dame or Marquette.