Oct. 14, 2011
CINCINNATI – Senior midfielder Logan Ballinger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) scored a career-high two goals to lead the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team to a 3-0 win over Seton Hall University Friday evening at Gettler Stadium.
With the win, Cincinnati (6-7-4, 2-5-2 BIG EAST) ended a seven-match winless streak and stays in contention to qualify for the BIG EAST Championship.
In the 24th minute, Ballinger headed a corner kick from senior defender Kelli Pawelko (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) from inside the left area of the box into the net to put the Bearcats up 1-0.
Four minutes later, Ballinger secured a loose ball from a Seton Hall defender at the top left corner of the box and nailed a left-footed shot into the right corner of the goal to put Cincinnati ahead 2-0.
Cincinnati added a third goal when senior forward Emily Hebbeler (Park Hills, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) sent a beautiful cross pass ahead to sophomore forward Jazmine Rhodes (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic) on breakaway. Rhodes moved the ball up towards the box and shot a laser straightaway from 20 yards out past SHU goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew.
The goal was Rhodes’ fifth of the season, which puts her second on the team behind freshman forward Mackenzie Grause (Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands), who has six goals in 2011.
The Bearcats recorded one of their best defensive performances of the season, limiting Seton Hall to just five shot attempts. The Pirates did not record their first shot attempt until the 34th minute of the match.
Freshman goalkeeper Kristina Utley (Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley) stopped two Seton Hall shots on the way to her fourth shutout of the season.
UC was relentless on offense for the entire match, outshooting Seton Hall 17-5. The Bearcats were especially unyielding offensively in the first half when they took 13 shots compared to SHU’s two.
Additionally, Cincinnati took seven corner kicks while the Pirates had just one, which did not occur until the 89th minute of the match.
Cincinnati will look to continue its quest to climb the BIG EAST’s National Division standings when it plays host to Rutgers University Sunday at 1 p.m. at Gettler Stadium.