Bearcats Earn Draw in Blue Chip Showcase
gobearcats.COM Jenn Johannigman
Jenn Johannigman

April 15, 2006

CINCINNATI, Ohio-The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team continued their spring season today as they hosted the Blue Chip Showcase at Gettler Stadium. The Showcase featured UC, Ohio State, Louisville, and Vanderbilt. The Bearcats played the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first match of the day, which ended in a 2-2 draw. In the second and final match up of the day, Louisville kicked off against Vanderbilt, playing to a 1-1 draw.


In aggressive play, the Bearcats scored first at the 24:40 mark in the first half. Amy May shot a hard ball into OSU's box which deflected off of a Buckeye defender. UC's Lindsey Noteboom stepped up and gained possession off of the deflection, shooting a low hard ball into an open net to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.


As the first half winded down, the Buckeyes earned one of their three corner kicks of the day with a little over three minuets remaining in the half. The Buckeyes capitalized on the kick as OSU's Carleta Arbulu rebounded a deflected shot which came off of the hands of Bearcat goalkeeper Brittney Hansen. Hansen punched out the first attempted shot by the Bucks but the ball was able to get behind her where Arbulu had made a backpost run, and was able to knock the ball into the right side of the net.




In the second half of play, both teams rallied, but OSU was first to find the back of the net to mark their second goal of the day. Buckeye Taylor Smith headed a high ball off a set piece which found the back of UC's net to give the Bucks a 2-1 lead.


The Bearcats created an offensive surge as the clock wound down, creating many scoring opportunities. UC capitalized on their efforts in the 81st minute as Jessica Legge broke through a defensive tackle and served the ball to a running Jenn Johannigman, whose shot fired past OSU's goalkeeper to create the final score of 2-2.


"We played the way we wanted to play today," commented Head Coach Meridy Glenn. "The leadership on the field was good and I was excited to see that. They tied up the match at the end and even put themselves into a position to win, and that's a great reward for them."


Following UC's draw against OSU, Louisville matched up against Vanderbilt in the second match of the Blue Chip Showcase. Vanderbilt scored first at the 40:39 mark, as a hard drive found the back of Louisville's net to create the score of 1-0 at the end of the first half.


In the second half of play, Louisville benefited from Vanderbilt's aggressive play in their box as UofL was awarded a penalty kick which tied the score at 1-1. The clock wound down, and despite many scoring chances by both teams, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.


The Bearcats will continue their spring season next weekend, April 23rd, as they host the Bearcat Classic. The tournament will feature Northwestern, Dayton, and Miami (Ohio). UC will first face Northwestern at 11 a.m. Following that match, Dayton will take on the Redhawks of Miami at 12:30 p.m. The Flyers will then square off against Northwestern at 3 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m. kickoff between the Bearcats and Miami (Ohio).