Sept. 23, 2012
CINCINNATI — Sophomore goalkeeper Kristina Utley (Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley) tied her career high with 12 saves, but it was not enough as the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team lost to Syracuse University 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Gettler Stadium.
Syracuse took a one-goal lead it would hold onto in just the sixth minute of the match. Orange freshman Maya Pitts struck a left-footed shot from the left side of the box, approximately 12 yards from the goal. The ball sailed over an outstretched Utley and landed into the right upper 90.
Overall, Cincinnati was outshot by SU 21-13, but the corner kicks were even at four apiece.
The Bearcats made a strong push to tie the score in the closing minutes, outshooting Syracuse 14-10 in the second half. Their best goal opportunites occurred when sophomore forward Mackenzie Grause (Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands) took two shots from 12 yards out on the right side of the box in the 72nd minute.
The match was physical, as the two teams combined for 28 fouls with UC receiving 18 violations, including three yellow cards.
The Orange went into halftime with a 1-0 lead after outshooting UC 14-3 through the match’s first 45 minutes.
Senior Evi Ranson (Golden, Colo./Ralston Valley) had UC’s best scoring opportunity in the first half when she booted a kick from 40 yard out that sailed just above the post. Ranson came off the bench and took a career-high four shots in 62 minutes of action.
Utley bailed out the UC defense in the first half after recording seven saves, including a spectacular diving stop in the 31st minute when SU freshman forward Erin Simon broke free for a one-on-one opportunity.
Cincinnati next plays University of South Florida at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Tampa, Fla.