Bearcats Net Two Goals in Final 10 Minutes to Defeat USF

Oct. 13, 2013

Final Stats

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(7-4-3) Rank: NR/NR
  1ST 2ND F
Butler Recap Logo 0 2 2
Butler Recap Logo 0 3 3

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(7-8-1) Rank: NR/NR
 Goal Summary
Time Team Scored by Assisted by
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Elsbrock (4) Nelson
59:14 Butler Recap Logo Granados (4) Miller, Chance
77:47 Butler Recap Logo Passariello (6) ---
79:58 Cincinnati Recap Logo Greer (2) Atkinson
83:59 Cincinnati Recap Logo Atkinson (3) ---
 Team Statistics
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 Shots 9 16
 Corner Kicks 5 0
 Offsides 0 0
 Saves 4 3
 Fouls 10 8
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Junior midfielder Jae Atkinson tallied a goal and an assist in the University of Cincinnati's 3-2 comeback victory over USF. The Bearcats scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of play to improve to 3-2-1 in American Athletic Conference action.

The Bearcats found themselves down 2-1 at the 78th minute after a USF goal by Sharla Passariello, but UC buckled down and notched two goals in the final 10 minutes of the match.

In the 80th minute, Atkinson serviced a long pass from midfield to Emily Elsbrock, but the pass was high for the senior forward. Luckily, an errant touch by a USF defender left the ball unattended at the penalty kick dot for a streaking Katie Greer. The junior came in swiftly to clean up the play and drive home the equalizing goal.

The Bearcats kept grinding late into the match, and it wasn't until the 84th minute that Cincinnati reclaimed the lead as Atkinson bent in a corner kick with a left-footed boot from the right corner. Her miraculous goal would go down as the game-winner.

Elsbrock scored UC's first goal of the match in the 50th minute, which was assisted by Taylor Nelson.

USF opened the match on the offensive end as they took the first six shots, but Cincinnati managed to slow down their offense and get chances of their own midway through the first half. UC didn't allow a shot the remainder of the half while taking five of their own.

Natalie Smith had a solid day in net for the Bearcats as she made four saves on the day with two critical stops coming late in the second half to solidify the victory.

With Sunday's win, Cincinnati has now won three games in league action, which has not happened since the 2009 season.

After logging 200 minutes of play this weekend, head coach Neil Stafford not only credited his players for their toughness but also his training staff for having the team prepared for Sunday's match.

"Adam and Katie did an outstanding job getting our players ready to today's game," said Stafford. "Our girls played a lot of minutes, and those two played a huge part in our games this weekend."

Stafford and the Bearcats hit the road this coming weekend for their final regular-season road trip of the year. UC takes on Connecticut this coming Thursday and then faces Temple on Sunday.