UC Earns Monumental Victory|
Oct. 24, 2008
CINCINNATI – Kristin May (Hudson, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) scored two goals, including the game-winner, to lead the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Villanova at Gettler Stadium on Friday night. With the win, UC (9-5-3, 5-2-3) secured a trip to the BIG EAST Conference Tournament, a first for the Bearcats women’s soccer team.
“This was a tremendous team effort tonight,” said first-year head coach Michelle Salmon. “We had an outstanding first half and really dictated the tempo. It was an overall team victory and I’m really proud of our players. The team, and the senior class, did an outstanding job all season and has really put our program in a positive light.”
May scored her first goal at the 32:12 mark of the first half, striking the ball 30-yards out. May’s shot skipped off the field turf and bounced past Villanova’s (11-6-1, 4-5-1) keeper, Molly Williams. Williams had misplayed a ball by Kelli Pawelko (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) kicked just minutes earlier, but May’s shot bounced into the goal, putting UC on top, 1-0.
May’s second goal came off a pass from Sydney Barker (Roswell, Ga./Roswell) in the 39th minute. Barker passed to May who was streaking on the left side and booted a left-footed line drive into the back of the net.
May’s two-goal performance was the first of the 2008 season and the first time since Erin MacDonald (St. Catharine’s, Ont./West Park Secondary) scored two goals against South Florida on Oct. 19, 2007.
Villanova scored its only goal in the 72nd minute when Erin Hardiman controlled a corner kick from Jessica Carnevale and slipped it into the right corner of the goal.
The Bearcats and Wildcats each had nine shots and Andrea Kaminski (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) earned her ninth win in goal this season, saving five.
The Bearcats joined the BIG EAST conference in 2005 and qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time with the win tonight. UC has earned five conference wins this season, and has guaranteed a winning season with the victory – the most BIG EAST conference wins in a season and the first time since 2002 that UC will finish above .500.
“Qualifying for the BIG EAST Tournament speaks volumes of the leadership of our senior class and is very well deserved for this team,” said Salmon. “It also signifies the direction this program is heading.”
UC will play next on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Georgetown at Gettler Stadium. The match is Senior Day for eight of Cincinnati’s players.