Springtime on the Pitch

March 19, 2014

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team has been on the pitch this spring preparing for 2014. The Bearcats recently played a pair of exhibition matches, falling to Dayton, 2-1, while defeating Notre Dame College, 1-0.

In the 2-1 loss to the Flyers, the game consisted of three, 30-minute periods and was primarily used as a training opportunity. Head coach Hylton Dayes played all three of his goalkeepers - Alex Gill (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek), Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./Male) and Pedro Diaz (Mason, Ohio/Mason) - in the match.

The Flyers opened up the scoring in the second period before UC's Will Diebold (Coppell, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) tied things up in the third. UD got the match-winning goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the match.

"Overall, it was a strong start to the spring," Dayes said. "We played well and created a number of scoring chances."

Cincinnati's second friendly came against Notre Dame College this past weekend, with the Bearcats able to take advantage of warm spring weather and play outside at Gettler Stadium. It was just the third time training outside for UC and the Bearcats got off to a slow start before Calvin Opperman (Aukland, New Zealand/Saint Kentigern College) netted the lone goal of the match. The Bearcats also hit the post once and had a goal called back

Hafling and Gill split the match at keeper and shared the clean sheet. Notre Dame College was a 2013 NCAA Division II Tournament team.



"We got off to a slow start in the first half, but in the second we had the run of play," Dayes said. "It was a good way for us to head into spring break."