Sept. 4, 2014
Complete Game Notes
at Nebraska Omaha: Live Stats | Live Video
at Creighton: Live Stats | Live Video
// OMAHA BOUND
The University of Cincinnati men’s soccer team travels to Omaha, Nebraska, for a pair of matches at Nebraska Omaha and eighth-ranked Creighton. The Bearcats face the Mavericks on Friday, Sept. 5, at 8:30 p.m. ET, before taking on the Blue Jays on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Cincinnati is in search of its first decision of the season, as opening weekend matches at Northern Kentucky and versus Wright State were both played to a 1-1 draw.
Links to live stats for both matches, as well as links to each institution’s live webcast (fee), can be found on GoBEARCATS.com.
// LAST TIME OUT
// THE TIME BEFORE THAT
The Bearcats played to a 1-1 draw with Wright State in the home opener at Gettler Stadium on Monday, Sept. 1. John Manga (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) netted the lone goal for the Bearcats in the 52nd minute before Wright State seized on a defensive miscue to equalize the score in the 56th minute. Alejandro Garcia (Coral Springs, Fla./Taravella/Darton State) recorded his first point as a Bearcat, setting-up Manga’s score. Redshirt sophomore keeper Alex Gill (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) made five saves in the effort. It marked the only home match for Cincinnati during its first six contests of the season.
Cincinnati opened its season with a 1-1 draw at Northern Kentucky thanks to a 57th minute penalty kick conversion by Ashani Walker
(Kingston, Jamaica/Jamaica College). The senior converted the PK to tie the match after senior Alan Rovira
(Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley) drew a foul inside the box. It marked the second consecutive season Walker was the goal scorer for UC in a 1-1 draw with the Norse. The Bearcats struggled early, getting outshot 6-1 in the first half. They responded in the second half, with shots even 7-7, and then holding a 6-2 advantage in shots during the 20 minutes of extra time.
// READY, SET... DRAW
It marks the first time UC has opened the season with consecutive draws since starting the 2003 campaign when it had three straight ties against Bowling Green, Cal State Northridge and New Mexico. Putting season openers aside, it marks the first consecutive draws for UC since 2010, when the Bearcats also played three straight ties with USF, Villanova and DePaul. The Bearcats finished with a school-record seven draws that season (7-5-7).
// SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS
Like Cincinnati, Nebraska Omaha played extra time in is first two matches of the season. Unlike the Bearcats, UNO came out on the short end in both matches, falling, 3-2, in double overtime to Santa Clara in the opener before dropping a 2-1 decision in a single overtime to No. 20 Stanford. Vance Rookwood, Nick Miller and Logan Mendez have been the goal scorers for the Mavericks, while Mark Moulton has a pair of assists. Joseph Ghitis played goal in the opener, making one save, while Josh Christensen made six saves in the loss to the Cardinal. UNO is reclassifying to Division I, a process which started in 2011 and leaves them ineligible for postseason play until next season. Last year, the Mavericks went 6-9-1, with a 3-3 mark in the Summit League which was good for third place.
// NEBRASKA OMAHA - THE SERIES
Friday is the first-ever meeting between Nebraska Omaha and Cincinnati in men’s soccer.
// SCOUTING THE BLUE JAYS
No. 8 Creighton played the same opponents as Nebraska Omaha last weekend, but to better results, scoring a 2-0 decision over No. 20 Stanford in the opener and a 1-0 victory over Santa Clara on Sunday. Ricky Lopez-Espin has had a hand in all three goals for the Blue Jays. He scored the first goal against the Cardinal before assisting on the second, while scoring the lone goal in the win over Santa Clara. Connor Sparrow played all 180 minutes in goal, making eight saves and recording a pair of clean sheets. The Blue Jays began the season unranked and skyrocketed to eighth in the nation this weekend thanks to the pair of victories. Creighton posted a 9-9-2 record last season, including a 4-4-1 mark in the BIG EAST before falling to Providence (2-1) in the BIG EAST quarterfinals and Seattle (2-1) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
// CREIGHTON - THE SERIES
Sunday is the first men’s soccer match between Creighton and Cincinnati.