Oct. 14, 2005
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team dropped a hard-fought match against No. 14 Marquette, 4-3, tonight at Gettler Stadium. Freshman Jenn Johannigman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) scored twice for the Bearcats, who fall to 3-9-3 on the season and 1-6-1 in BIG EAST play. Marquette's Meghan Connelly posted a hat trick for the visitors, who improved to 13-2-1 and 6-2-0 in conference action.
Marquette busted out of the gate early, scoring three times in the first 21:49 of the match. Connelly tallied the first MU goal at the 8:41 mark, poking home a rebound after a Lindsay Michuda shot caromed off the crossbar. Just seven minutes later, Christy Zwolski scored her team-leading eighth goal of the year after a Connelly feed. Michuda again fed Connelly for her second goal in the 22nd minute, beating Cincinnati keeper Sherry Slye (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon).
Johannigman got UC on the board in the 27th minute when she gathered in a free kick from Kate Norton (Rector, Pa./Greenburg Central Catholic) and scored her fifth goal of the year. The Bearcats were able to trim the lead to a single goal when Heather Haney (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) tallied her first career marker in the 43rd minute. Midfielder Becky Imhoff (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) played a perfectly-placed through ball into a streaking Kristin May (Hudson, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) along the left side. May was one-on-one with Marquette keeper Laura Boyer, who was able to disrupt the charging striker enough to cause her to lose possession. Haney was trailing the play and blasted the free ball into an open net for her first points as a Bearcat.
The squads went to the half with Marquette leading, 3-2. The Golden Eagles held a 14-6 edge in shots, but Cincinnati earned five corner kicks in the stanza.
Marquette added an insurance goal in the 51st minute which would prove to be the game-winner. Connelly struck again, this time taking a feed from Zwolski into the UC box and beating Slye to the far post for the hat trick.
The Bearcats answered in the 63rd minute when Johannigman scored for the second time on the day. Defender Ashley Roush (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin-Scioto) played the ball into Imhoff, who slid a pass along the left side of the MU box to Johannigman. The freshman laced a shot past Boyer for her sixth goal of the season, bringing UC back to within a goal. That was as close as the Bearcats would get, however, despite outshooting Marquette, 7-5, in the second half.
Roush, credited with the assist on Johannigman's second goal, earned the first point of her career. The senior has played in 46 matches, mostly in the backfield. Slye made six saves on the night. She entered the match second in the BIG EAST with 73 stops this season.
The Bearcats have now scored 13 goals through 15 matches this season. UC scored just 11 goals in 18 matches in 2004. The three goals scored are the most since a 3-2 win at Xavier on Sept. 16, 2004 and the most scored in a loss since a 4-3 loss at Georgia in 2000.
"We played great soccer tonight," head coach Meridy Glenn said. "We showed a lot of character to come back. We were able to do what we wanted to do. Now we have to take that momentum into Sunday's match."
The Bearcats will play host to South Florida on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Gettler Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.