Cincinnati defeats St. John's In First Round of BIG EAST Championship|
Oct. 30, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. – Julie Morrissey (Abington, Mass./Tabor Academy) scored the game-winning goal in the 56th minute to lead the University of Cincinnati (10-6-3, 5-3-3) women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over host St. John’s (8-6-5, 4-4-3) at Belson Stadium in the first round of the 2008 BIG EAST Championship on Thursday night.
Morrissey scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season off a pass from Lindsey Noteboom (Hurst, Texas/Birdville). Noteboom set up Morrissey with a slow cross on the left side that she was able to get enough of a foot on and hit the right inside-corner of the goal.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” said first-year head coach Michelle Salmon. “Andrea Kaminski came up huge in the second half, but I really felt like we dictated the tempo and the pace of the game. I’m just really proud of the way we played tonight and how composed we were throughout the game. We have a lot to thank with our senior leadership tonight and at the end of the day, we’re just playing great soccer.”
UC controlled the tempo in the first stanza, taking the only three shots of the half. A physical half that saw several players go down to the ground, UC prevented the Red Storm from taking a shot and the Bearcats spent most of the half in St. John’s territory.
St. John’s came out strong in the second half, testing UC’s goalkeeper Andrea Kaminski (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) on a number of occasions. Kaminski was outstanding and composed throughout St. John’s attack, including a diving save on a rocket served up by St. John’s Amanda Santos in the 50th minute.
UC outshot St. John’s 9-5 and took five corner kicks to the Red Storm’s one. St. John’s had three yellow cards in the season-ending match for the Red Storm.
The Bearcats advance to the second round of the BIG EAST Championship for the first time in school history and travel to South Bend to take on No. 1/1 Notre Dame on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.