Bearcats Drop Heartbreaker to Rival Louisville|
Sept. 21, 2007
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team dropped its 2007 BIG EAST opener to rival Louisville, 1-0, in double overtime on Friday (Sept. 21) at Gettler Stadium. The Bearcats fall to 2-4-1 on the season, while the Cardinals improve to 6-1-0.
UC controlled play throughout the match, testing U of L all-American goalkeeper Joanna Haig early and often, outshooting the Cards, 14-8.
Haig made several big saves in the first half as the Bearcats came out firing. Melissa Bigg (Limehouse, Ontario/Acton) had a first-period blast pushed aside and Kristin May (Hudson, OH/Walsh Jesuit), who was dangerous all night, was thwarted once.
UC keeper Andrea Kaminski (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) made just one save, as the Cardinals never put much pressure on the Bearcat goalie. Erica Maine (Colorado Springs, CO/Rampart) cleared a Louisville shot off the line after Kaminski came out to challenge, saving a goal in the 60th minute.
After nearly two complete overtime periods, Louisville broke the hearts of the Bearcats and the 631 on hand with a goal off a corner kick with just under three minutes remaining in the match.
Monique Gjini took the corner for U of L, bending it into the box from the right side. Kaminski came off her line to knock it away, but Shannon Smyth emerged out of a scrum in front of the goal mouth, putting home her third goal of the season for the winner.
The Bearcats will head to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland State Vikings in their final non-conference match on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. UC returns to Gettler Stadium next Friday, Sept. 28, when they host DePaul for a BIG EAST tilt at 7 p.m.