UC Women?s Soccer Maintains C-USA Lead With Win
Rigsbee scores match-winner in 85th minute
Contact: Shawn Sell
The University of Cincinnati women?s soccer team got a breakaway goal from junior Kelly Rigsbee (Hebron, Ky./Conner) in the 85th minute to knock off DePaul, 1-0 on Sunday at Meyers Field.
With the win, the Bearcats improve their Conference USA-leading record to 7-0 and 12-3 overall. DePaul slips to 5-10-1, 0-7-1 in C-USA.
UC had numeous scoring opportunities throughout the match, as they attempted 20 shots, including 10 shots on goal. The Bearcats also played suffocating defense, not allowing a shot by DePaul in 90 minutes of play.
Cincinnati was finally able to breakthrough for the match-winner at 85:52 when freshman Marie Strelka (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) controlled a loose ball near midfield. Strelka took two dribbles, then slipped a pass between two defenders to Rigsbee who broke away and beat DePaul keeper Lindsey Deason for the matches only score.
The win was UC keeper Christy Hoffman?s (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) eighth shutout of the year, giving her 27 shutouts for her career. Hoffman also moves into a tie for second place on the all-time UC shutout list with Chris Jones. The pair is two shutouts behind UC career leader Laura Kerr.
?I have a lot of respect for DePaul,? said Bearcat coach Meridy Glenn. ?They are enthusiastic and have nothing to lose. I guess we started a little slow and were trying to figure them out instead of playing our game. But we kept our composure and mental toughness is everything. It?s a good thing the depth we have. We were able to use fresh legs throughout.?
Among those fresh legs were Rigsbee, freshman Ashley Roush (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto) who appeared in just her second match of the year and freshman Angie Meyer (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) making her sixth appearance of the year.
The Bearcats face another stiff challenge in their next C-USA match of Friday, Oct. 26 when they travel to Charlotte for a 7 p.m. match. The 49ers are third in C-USA with a 7-4-3 overall record, and a 5-1-1 C-USA mark.