Football fights to draw with the ECU


CINCINNATI – The Bearcat soccer team played a hard-contested 1-1 draw Thursday night against ECU at Gettler Stadium. Cincinnati’s record goes to 6-4-2 overall, 4-1-2 at home and 1-1-1 in AAC game.

The Bearcats started the first half on the forefoot as that of Karli Royer free kick just over the bar from outside the box in the 6th minute. ECU quickly took the advantage over a right wing cross from Lexi Moore led by Haley McWhirter. Vanessa DiNardo and Lauren Bastien each tested the ECU goalkeeper in the middle of the second half. DiNardo received a nice ball from Barron but couldn’t score. Bastian flipped a long shot over the bar. Anna rexford made a huge save on a close range header from McWhirter.

The Bearcats started the second half on offense and found the equalizer thanks to Battle of Kendall. She picked up a loose ball in midfield and attempted a daring shot from the left wing and it sneaked up to the back post. UC had chances to win at the end of the second half, but couldn’t convert. Maddie This is and Maddy Pittman each getting closer to the opportunities in the box. After the full 90 minutes, the game remained 1-1 and headed for extra time.

In the extra period, three yellow cards were issued and a red card at the HC Pirates Jason Hamilton saw him ejected from his bench. ECU got an indirect free kick on a Ashley barron 101st minute of handball, but the Pirates failed to capitalize. The Bearcats had a flurry of attempts on a corner, but failed to break the deadlock.

The Bearcats totaled 17 shots in that game, including 12 in the second half and overtime. Rexford made two saves to go with the shutout. Bastian and DiNardo each led the team with three shots apiece.

“I saw a very unruly team in the first half. I was really disappointed with our performance in the first half. You end up in a hole and at this level here, against a good ECU team, and their record doesn’t show it right now, but they faced some really tough opponents and had a hell of a start to the conference schedule. You stop for a minute at that level and you get punished and we did it. We ended up in a hole and I’m certainly proud of the response in the second half. But when do you take matters into your own hands and control the game instead of getting ahead of the opponents and never punishing like us? should? That’s what happens at this level and we just seem to learn hard lessons every now and then. “

-UC is now 0-2-2 on the season when conceding the first goal.
-The second time in two games at Gettler Stadium which ended in a draw, the last meeting ending 0-0 on 10/31/19.
Battle of Kendall has scored two goals in three matches and tied his career goalscoring record (2).
-The Bearcats’ overall record against ECU is now 8-2-3. Coach Neil staffordThe s record goes to 5-1-2 against the Pirates.
-The last time UC played in back-to-back OT games was in 2019 when they both finished 0-0 against Xavier and Austin Peay.
Vanessa DiNardo three shots brought his team leader total to 31.

The Bearcats travel to take on Memphis on October 10.

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