Elsbrock Nets Overtime Winner in Season Opener

Aug. 22, 2014


Redshirt senior Emily Elsbrock solidified the University of Cincinnati women's soccer team a season-opening victory over Samford on Friday night as she scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Bulldogs, 2-1.

After falling behind 1-0 at the 14th minute, UC clawed right back into the match in the 21st minute with a goal from Laura Rose. Both teams remained scoreless to force overtime, despite the Bearcats holding a 13-7 shots advantage. Elsbrock broke up the tie by netting the game-winning, overtime goal just four minutes into extra time.

SAM - Malcanish Kelley (Jermaine Seoposenwe, Olivia Cole), 14'
Seoposenwe crossed a low pass into the 18-yard box, and Kelley one-timed the pass and pushed it by Smith. SAM 1, CIN 0

CIN - Laura Rose (Jaycie Brown), 21'
Just minutes after being subbed into the game, Rose controlled a nice through ball from Brown just outside of the 18-yard box. The junior dribbled into the box and ripped off a shot to the keeper's right side to equalize the match. SAM 1, CIN 1

CIN - Emily Elsbrock (Katy Couperus), 94'
After two corner kicks by Jae Atkinson, Couperus found Elsbrock sneaking through the Bulldog's defense for a one-on-one opportunity against Samford' keeper. The senior beat the net minder high and to the left to give UC the overtime victory. CIN 2, SAM 1

"Early in the first half, I was disappointed by how we started, but we improved throughout the game and finished strong. Not to mention, all the adversity that we had to face with traveling yesterday, playing a solid program like Samford, and dealing with the heat. The team really showed some maturity, and I am proud of how we dealt with those things. It's a big deal to beat a quality team like Samford in overtime."

"It was exciting to come off the bench and help the team pull out an overtime win in the season opener. My role is to be a leader and game changer when I come into the game. Laura [Rose] and I came into the match, we were ready to go and brought high energy."

- For the first time since 2010, Cincinnati recorded a victory in their first match of the season (Morehead State, 2-1).
- Dating back to last season, UC's last three matches have gone into overtime (Nov. 3 vs. Rutgers; Oct. 25 vs. Louisville).
- A total of four newcomers received the starting nod from Stafford with two being freshmen (Vanessa Gilles and Jaycie Brown) and the others transfers (Taylor Jackson and Devyn Ciotti).
- Dating back to last season, Elsbrock has notched a goal in five of the last seven matches.
- Brown garnered her first career point with an assist on Rose's goal in the 21st minute of the match.
- Friday night' match versus Samford kicked off the 35th season of UC women's soccer with the program beginning in 1980.

The Bearcats will utilize Saturday as a travel day as they head to Starkville, Mississippi for Sunday's match versus Mississippi State. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET for the two foes.