Men's Soccer |
Oct. 31, 2007
CINCINNATI - Noah Davidson (Westerville, OH/Westerville North) and Kenny Anaba (Westerville, OH/Worthington Christian) each scored in leading the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team to a 2-0 win against No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday (Oct. 31) afternoon at Gettler Stadium.
The Bearcats improved to 7-9-1 with the win, including a 7-1-0 mark at home, where they have outscored opponents, 17-3. Michigan State dropped its second straight 2-0 decision and fell to 11-3-3 on the year. The Bearcats improved to 2-3-1 this season against ranked opponents, including a 2-0-0 mark at home.
Davidson got the Bearcats on the board near the end of the first half when he converted from the penalty spot after Patrick Baxter (Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming) was taken down in the box. It was Davidson's fourth goal of the season and the second from the penalty spot.
UC was the aggressor in the half, firing eight shots to MSU's five and holding a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. UC was whistled for 10 fouls to the Spartans' four.
In the 57th minute, Anaba put the match away with his ninth goal of the season, which is fourth in the BIG EAST. Baxter found Judson McKinney (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) on the near side and McKinney send a brilliant diagonal ball into open space inthe middle. Anaba ran onto the pass and beat MSU keeper Chris Austin to the far post for the final margin.
UC goalkeeper Miguel Rosales (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) posted his fifth clean sheet of the year, making seven stops, including several acrobatic saves. He lowered his goals against average to 0.90 with the shutout.
The Bearcats head to Rutgers for a pivotal BIG EAST contest with the Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Nov. 3. With a win or tie in the regular-season finale, UC would assure itself of a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament the following week.