No. 20 Memphis Halts Men's Soccer Streak, 2-0, in Conference Opener|
Sept. 21, 2013
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team was unable to overcome a slow start at fell in its American Athletic Conference opener, 2-0, to No. 20 Memphis. The Bearcats had a three match unbeaten streak snapped and now stand at 2-4-1 on the year, while the Tigers improved to 5-1-1.
UC Head Coach Hylton Dayes knew Memphis liked to start fast and the Tigers did just that, getting on the board in the sixth minute of the match. Mark Sherrod took a cross from Raul Gonzalez in the far corner and was unmarked in the box. Sherrod headed it past UC keeper Alex Gill for the 1-0 lead.
Memphis kept the pressure on, extending the lead to 2-0 in the 23rd minute. This time Sherrod started the action, sending it in front for Danna Hunter who found the back of the net to put the Tigers up, 2-0.
The Bearcats finally settled down, but were unable to find the back of the net. They peppered Memphis keeper Cody Uzcategui with seven shots on target, but couldn't manage to beat him. UC's defense improved as the match wore on, keeping Memphis from recording a single shot on goal in the second half.
Will Diebold (Coppel, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) and Alan Rovira (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley/Tyler JC) were among the offensive catalysts, each getting a pair of shots on target, as did sophomore forward John Manga (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay). Ashan Walker (Kingston, Jamaica/Jamaica College) also posted a shot on net, but had a three match goal-scoring streak snapped.
Gill, who suffered his first defeat of the season, made a pair of saves in the effort. Uzcategui finished the match with seven saves.
The Bearcats will look to rebound on Wednesday, Sept. 25, when crosstown rival Xavier visits Gettler Stadium for a non-conference match. The contest is set for 7:00 p.m. and tickets are available by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX or visiting GoBEARCATS.com/tickets.