Oct. 16, 2011
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team fell to Rutgers University 1-0 in overtime Sunday afternoon at Gettler Stadium.
With the loss, the Bearcats' (6-8-4, 2-6-2 BIG EAST) drive to qualify for the conference championship comes to an end.
"I'm proud of the way our team competed, not just today, but throughout the season," said Michelle Salmon, UC head coach. "We played well today and created a bunch of opportunities, but couldn't put Rutgers away."
In the 94th minute, Rutgers senior defender Julie Lancos sent a pass to freshman forward Cassie Inacio, who immediately sent a touch pass back to Lancos on the right side of the box. Lancos' shot from 10 yards out went past UC freshman goalkeeper Kristina Utley (Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley), ending the match in sudden death.
Cincinnati had multiple scoring chances throughout the entire match, but could not capitalize on any of them. UC out-shot the Scarlet Knights 20-11 and took six corner kicks while Rutgers had none.
UC had some of its best scoring opportunities in the first half. In the 10th minute sophomore forward Jazmine Rhodes (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic) crossed a pass from the right side of the box to senior midfielder Logan Ballinger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) 10 yards out from the goal. The ball deflected off Ballinger and bounced six yards out on the left side toward freshman forward Mackenzie Grause (Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands), whose shot attempt went wide right.
In the 24th minute, Ballinger served a pass to Grause inside the left area of the box. As Grause wound up to take a shot, a Rutgers defender came from behind to knock the ball away.
In the 36th minute, senior forward Emily Hebbeler (Park Hills, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) took a shot straightaway from the top of the box, but the ball sailed just high over the cross bar.
After the first 45 minutes of play, the Bearcats out-shot Rutgers 8-5 and took three corner kicks compared to none for RU.
Cincinnati's offense continued to generate opportunities in the second half, but again to no avail as Rutgers redshirt junior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins continued to play big for RU.
Simpkins skied to corral a shot from Rhodes in the 70th minute and ended the match with six saves.
Coming off a career-high two-goal performance Friday, Ballinger took a cross pass from Rhodes on the left side of the box in the 77th minute, but the ball sailed wide left.
Cincinnati will play its regular-season finale Saturday night against University of Louisville, beginning at 7 p.m. The Bearcats' five seniors - Erin Kaufman, Kelli Pawelko, Erin Petree, Lauren Romanelli, Kay Young, Ballinger and Hebbeler - will be honored during Senior Day ceremonies, which will occur prior to kickoff.