Bearcats Drop Overtime Match to CMU
Imhoff Scores First Collegiate Goal
Contact: Christie Hadley
CINCINNATI, OH -- The Cincinnati Bearcats lost a hard match to Central Michigan Friday, 2-1 in double overtime. Freshman Becky Imhoff (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) scored the lone UC goal.
?It was overtime. You?re going to lose a few like that and you?re going to win a few like that,? head coach Meridy Glenn said.
?Obviously we like to win, and that is what hurts.?
Cincinnati scored 10 minutes into the first half when Imhoff took control of the ball in the CMU box, and scored, putting UC up 1-0.
The Bearcats remained on top until Stacy Downing took a pass from Cari VanDyck six minutes into the second half, tying the score 1-1.
?Our kids out there can get it done,? Glenn added. ?They hate to lose, and it?s a great attitude to have.?
The Bearcats best chance to win the game came at the end of the first overtime. Lisa Stephens took control of the ball and broke away from the field, sending a shot to the other sideline directly at Tasha Wagner?s (Middletown, OH/Middletown) feet. Wagner took the shot, hitting the post. Junior Amanda Onnen (La Mesa, CA/ Helix) got the rebound, but Kari Alexander made the save.
The second overtime began much like the first. Alexander stopped a shot from Wagner in the third minute. CMU got control and made a quick break into UC territory. Stacy Downing crossed to Rosa Maria Rago who blasted a shot past Bearcat goalkeeper Tracy Hale (Westerville, OH/ Westerville South).
?Tracy showed up great in the air,? Glenn added. ?I still have a lot of confidence in the team. We just didn?t move the ball around well today.?
Defense was the name of the game in the physical match. CMU had a free kick following a Cincinnati foul, and sent a dangerous ball into the box. Senior Kristina Wilson (Cincinnati, OH/Glen Este) blocked the shot with her body, clearing the ball away from the goal to keep the score tied 1-1.
?It?s exactly what we did to Toledo, only in reverse,? Glenn said. ?If we learn from our mistakes than there will be no problem. But if we keep looking over our shoulder it could haunt us a little bit.?
The Bearcats (2-1-0) travel to Oxford, Ohio this Sunday to take on the Miami RedHawks. The game begins at 1 p.m.
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