The University of Cincinnati women?s soccer team pulled off it?s biggest win in school history knocking off No. 7 Notre Dame, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Women?s College Cup.
The win advances UC to the tournament?s Sweet 16 where they will face, Virginia. Virginia upended William & Mary, 4-1, on Sunday. The date and site will be determined on Monday.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first half on a pair of goals in a five minute span. Sophomore Rachel Lieberman, who entered the match with just one career goal, scored both of UC?s first-half markers. Lieberman's first goal came when she pounced on a rebound off a shot from sophomore Tasha Wagner. Notre Dame's Liz Wagner got a hand on Wagner's shot but deflected it right to Lieberman who converged on the ball and blasted a shot into a wide open net at 12:12.
Lieberman scored her second goal at 17:02. She took a cross from senior Amy Simonson on the left of the net and delivered a shot into the lower left corner.
Notre Dame cut the deficit to one at 22:33 when Amanda Guertin ripped a shot past UC keeper Christy Hoffman for her 15th goal of the year.
Simonson continued her postseason heroics in the second half when she scored her third goal of the NCAA Tournament. She picked up a loose ball, hopped over one defender and chipped a shot in from 30 yards out.
The Irish refused to stay down, cutting the lead to one at 76:50 on a Vanessa Pruzinsky goal. Pruzinsky dribbled in from 45 yards out and put a shot into the top left corner to bring the Irish to within one at 3-2.
?It was a great match,? said Bearcat coach Meridy Glenn. I thought both teams put their hearts out there. With our players, it?s all about confidence and that?s what we played with.?
The win by the Bearcats snapped Notre Dame?s 39 match home unbeaten streak and advances UC to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The win, Cincinnati's school-record 13th in a row, raised the Bearcats record to 20-3 overall, while the Irish finished the year at 17-3-1.