Bearcats Fall to Friars in BIG EAST Semifinal|
Nov. 12, 2010
HARRISON, N.J. - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision against Providence in a BIG EAST Championship semifinal match on Friday (Nov. 12) at Red Bull Arena.
After falling behind early, the Bearcats mounted a furious second-half comeback, but came up a bit short in their bid to make the program's first BIG EAST Championship final.
Opportunities were limited for the Bearcats in the first half. Mark Konitsch (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence Senior) hit a left footed rocket over the top on a restart in the 9th minute. But Providence took control from there.
In the 13th minute, a Providence cross deflected off of a Bearcat defender for an own goal and a 1-0 lead. Just 10 minutes later, PC struck again on a similar-looking play. Marc Cintron got free down the right flank and sent a pinpoint cross into the box, where Andrew Sousa finished for a 2-0 lead.
The match went to the half with Providence holding a two-goal lead and the Bearcats looking to overcome its biggest halftime deficit of the season.
In the 68th minute, Matt Bahner (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) sent a low cross into the box , where Tristan Watson (Brampton, Ontario/Lakeland C.C.) buried his third goal of the season to cut the Providence lead to 2-1.
With the Bearcats pushing forward looking for the equalizer, Branden Stelmak (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) found an opening on the right side and worked in one-on-one with the keeper. His shot from a tight angle was pushed aside by Jhojan Obando.
One last gasp by the Bearcats may have been the best chance of the match for either side. With the Friars pulling all defenders back into the box, a loose ball found Andre Sharpe (St. Catharine, Jamaica/Graceland) near the penalty spot with around 30 seconds remaining. His blast was pushed over the bar by Obando, sealing UC's fate.
Cincinnati outshot the Friars, 19-10, but Obando came up big, making seven saves in goal.
Matt Williams (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) made three saves.
Cincinnati will await its NCAA fate. The NCAA Tournament selection show will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPNU.