Bearcats Draw With Marquette in Final Home Match of 2007|
Oct. 21, 2007
CINCINNATI - Erin MacDonald (St. Catharine's, Ontario/West Park Secondary) scored in the 79th minute and the University of Cincinnati women's soccer team survived a barrage of shots to draw, 1-1, with Marquette on Sunday (Oct. 21) afternoon at Gettler Stadium. The Bearcats (6-8-2, 3-5-1) earned an important point and stayed in the hunt for their first-ever BIG EAST Championship berth heading into the final weekend of action.
The teams played a rough first half, with each accounting for seven fouls, but neither team really threatened offensively. Play opened up a bit more in the second half and Marquette capitalized on a defensive lapse in the 62nd minute.
MU's Allison Mallams, a thorn in the Bearcats' sides all afternoon, got behind the defense and found herself one-on-one with UC keeper Andrea Kaminski (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville). Mallams' shot beat Kaminski to her left and the Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead.
In the 79th minute, the Bearcats equalized off the foot of MacDonald. After Jenn Johannigman (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) played the ball into Melissa Bigg (Limehouse, Ontario/Acton), Bigg slotted a through ball to a streaking MacDonald for her third goal in the last two matches. The sophomore leads the squad with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points.
The Bearcats turned away several Marquette chances, as Kaminski made a career-best 19 saves.
UC will travel to Georgetown and Villanova next weekend, two teams just ahead of them in the BIG EAST National Division race. The Bearcats take on the Hoyas on Friday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. and then battle the Wildcats on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. to wrap up the regular season.