Women's Soccer |
Aug. 13, 2011
MUNCIE, Ind. – The University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team fell to Ball State University 1-0 Friday in an exhibition match at Briner Sports Complex.
The match was played in three 30-minute sessions, with the Cincinnati’s projected starting lineup playing the first session, followed by players 11 through 29 on the depth chart playing the remaining two.
“We wanted to use this game as an evaluation period,” said Bearcats head coach Michelle Salmon. “We know how good our starters are and the last thing we wanted to do was get them injured in an exhibition game, especially against a very physical Ball State team. Overall, we got what we wanted out of the game.”
Ball State freshman Hannah Chadick provided the lone goal of the match in the 13th minute of the first period when she slipped a shot past UC freshman goalkeeper Kristina Utley (Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley) from the penalty shot mark. The goal came on the first shot of the afternoon from either team.
UC tightened its defense for the remainder of the game, limiting to BSU to a total of 11 shots.
“Coming out of preseason we’ve primarily focused on defense and I was pretty pleased with (our defensive effort),” said Salmon. “Overall, our backline was fantastic. Next week is when we’ll start to focus more on our attack.”
Cincinnati’s offense was held to seven shots, with the first coming from senior midfielder Logan Ballinger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) in the 19th minute of the match.
In addition to defensive execution, the UC coaching staff was focused on evaluating team cohesion heading into Friday’s match. The result was a passing grade.
“Coming out of the preseason, this team is together as any team I’ve coached at Cincinnati,” claimed Salmon. “We have a fantastic senior class because they want to win and they understand they need the freshman class to step up if we’re going to be successful. This team has really come together since the start of training camp. It’s the best locker room we’ve ever had here.”
The Bearcats will have a training session Saturday designed to help the student-athletes recover from Friday’s match and prepare for Sunday’s Red-Black intrasquad scrimmage. It will be the same Saturday training methods they will use throughout the regular season.
Following Sunday’s scrimmage, the team will have an off day on Monday and begin preparations Tuesday for its season opener against California Polytechnic University (7 p.m., Aug. 19 at Gettler Stadium) and Xavier University (1 p.m., Aug. 21 at Gettler Stadium).
NOTE: Junior midfielder Kaylee Dakers (Brampton, Ontario/Heart Lake Secondary School) is expected to miss the first two weeks of the regular season due to injury.