Women's Soccer Ties Western Carolina|
Sept. 2, 2011
CINCINNATI - Freshman midfielder Christi Howard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) scored on a header off a corner kick in the 74th minute to help the University of Cincinnati women's soccer team tie Western Carolina University 1-1 Friday at Gettler Stadium.
Senior defender Kelli Pawelko (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) struck a corner kick from the right side and sent the ball toward the left end of the goal. Howard found the ball in traffic and headed it to the left net, evening the score 1-1.
For the second straight match, the Bearcats struggled to take advantage of a number of scoring chances and found themselves in a draw after double overtime. Cincinnati (2-1-2) outshot WCU (2-1-1) 22-8 and had eight corner kicks compared to the Catamounts' zero.
Despite the tremendous advantage in possession and number of shot attempts, the Bearcats fell behind 1-0 in the 58th minute when Western Carolina sophomore Brittany Gendron connected on a free kick from the far left wing that sailed just over UC goalkeeper Kristina Utley's (Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley) outstretched arms and into the net.
Cincinnati played at a frenetic pace in the final moments of regulation, desperate to avoid a second consecutive draw.
Pawelko had two quality scoring opportunities in the final five minutes. In the 86th minute she had a free kick from the near left wing that went wide right. With under 40 seconds remaining in regulation, Pawelko had a clean look on the right elbow of the penalty box, but the shot again went high.
The scoring opportunities did not cease in regulation; Cincinnati created plenty more chances in each overtime period. The Bearcats' best chance to end the match came in the 115th minute when freshman forward Mackenzie Grause (Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands) received the ball in the near right wing on a breakaway opportunity , but her shot toward the lower right corner of the goal was blocked away by WCU goalkeeper Katie Jacobs.
UC will play University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sunday at noon at Gettler Stadium. The Bearcats will look to repeat last season's performance against the Badgers, when UC defeated then No. 20 Wisconsin 2-1 on the road in Madison, Wis.