Women's Soccer Advances In C-USA Tourney
Bearcats Face East Carolina After Defeating South Florida, 3-1
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. ? Senior forward Amy Simonson netted a goal 1:50 into the second half as the University of Cincinnati?s women?s soccer team advanced to the semi-finals of the Conference USA Tournament with a 3-1 win over South Florida. With the win, UC improves to 14-3-3 on the season while South Florida finishes its season 8-8-2.
The Bearcats first opportunity of the match came 16 minutes into the first half when Rachel Lieberman sent a corner kick into the box. Renee Balconi soared above a crowd, but her head ball sailed just wide. Amy Mink had a near miss of her own with 15 minutes remaining, but USF goalkeeper Breck Bankester deflected the ball over the bar.
UC got on board in the 30th minute. Rachel Lieberman sent a cross into the box and Amy Mink planted the ball in the back of the net. The Bulls answered 45 seconds later on a corner kick of their own. Kim Martins crossed the ball and Jenny Mulvihill headed the ball past UC goalkeeper Tracy Hale, knotting the score at one.
"I thought Mink played an amazing game today," head coach Meridy Glenn said. "Not just because she had a goal and an assist, but her midfield play was just awesome. She really controlled the game."
In the 39th minute, Marie Strelka broke away from the South Florida defense, but her shot was stopped by Bankester. Ashley Roush gathered the rebound and shot the ball into the net, but the play was whistled dead to due a collision between Strelka and Bankester. The game remained tied at 1-1, heading into the intermission.
Cincinnati regained the lead 1:50 into the second half. Amy Mink slid a pass through the South Florida defense to Amy Simonson, creating a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Simonson didn?t let the chance go to waste, netting her eighth goal of the season and giving UC a 2-1 lead.
"It was good to get the second goal quick in the second half," Glenn added. "Our players really adapted well to some muddy field conditions."
South Florida came within inches of tying the game with 18 minutes remaining. Michelle Buskey flicked a cross towards the UC goal, but Rachel Lieberman cleared the ball off the goal line, maintaining the one goal lead.
Tianna Oliver added a goal with 25 seconds remaining. South Florida pushed its entire team up, attempting to score the equalizer. Oliver lost a race to a loose ball with the USF goalkeeper, but managed to steal the ball from Bankester at the top of the penalty box. Oliver dribbled the ball towards the gall and easily passed it into an open net, making the final score 3-1.
The Bearcat defense held South Florida to three shots on the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Tracy Hale made one save while
The Bearcats advance to play third-seeded East Carolina. The match will be played at 5 p.m. ET at Charlotte?s Transamerica Field.
Game Notes: South Florida became the seventh team to score on the Bearcats ? USF?s goal was the 11th goal UC has allowed this season.