Sept. 30, 2011
CINCINNATI – Senior midfielder Logan Ballinger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) scored her first goal of the season to help the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team play University of South Florida to a 1-1 draw Friday evening at Gettler Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 in the 67th minute, Ballinger struck a shot 15 yards out on the left side of the box that hit the top left pole of the goal and then bounced into the right side of the net, tying the score 1-1.
UC held possession for the majority of the match, recording a 24-16 shot advantage. Through the first 90 minutes, the Bearcats held a 19-13 lead in shot attempts, as well as a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Cincinnati combined for five shot attempts in the first and second overtime periods.
The Bearcats most opportune shot attempt came in the final minute when sophomore forward Jazmine Rhodes (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic) broke free from the USF defense and shot the ball toward the right corner of the net. It took an outstanding dive save from Bulls goalkeeper Nicole McClure to keep Cincinnati from winning the match.
Following a Bearcat foul in the 53rd minute, USF senior midfielder Noelle Pineiro scored on a free kick after striking a shot to the top left corner of the goal, putting South Florida up 1-0.
Cincinnati (5-4-4, 1-2-2 BIG EAST) and South Florida went into halftime tied at 0-0.
The Bearcats stayed in the game thanks to strong goalkeeping from freshman Kristina Utley (Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley), who made a spectacular diving save in the 21st minute when USF forward Demi Stokes bent a shot near the top of the box that curved toward the right corner of the goal. Utley finished the match with four total saves.
Offensively, the Bearcats were led by senior forward Emily Hebbeler’s (Park Hills, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) six shot attempts, followed by Ballinger and senior defender Kelli Pawelko (Lemont, Ill./Lemont), who both recorded five shots.
Cincinnati took 12 shots in the first half, compared to USF’s seven. The Bearcats also had three corner kicks, while the Bulls had none.
UC plays host to No. 10-ranked Marquette University on Sunday with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Gettler Stadium.