Oct. 20, 2013
AMBLER, Pa.- The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team used a pair of second half goals to win, 2-1, at Temple on Sunday, Oct. 20. The win improved the Bearcats to 8-9-1 and 4-3-0 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Owls fell to 6-8-1 and 1-5-0 in league action.
The teams played a scoreless first half which saw a total of just six shots between the sides. The Owls put two on net, while UC placed just one on goal in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half was a different story, as the Bearcats took 12 shots in the second 45 minutes and put eight of those attempts on net.
UC opened the scoring with Emily Elsbrock (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) netting her fifth goal of the season off a rebound on a shot by Mackenzie Reynolds (Newburgh, Ind./Reitz Memorial/Tennessee).
The Bearcats got a huge insurance goal in the 77th minute when Katy Couperus (Ft. Collins, Colo./Ft. Collins) converted a bouncing ball from 10 yards out for her fourth goal of the year.
The Owls cut the lead in half in the 89th minute, with Alyssa Kirk scoring on a play from Taylor Trusky. Temple was not able to generate another scoring opportunity in the closing minute and the Bearcats took the decision, 2-1.
UC keeper Natalie Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) got the win, making three saves. Temple's Shauni Kerkhoff made eight saves in the effort, but took the loss. For the match, UC out-shot Temple, 15-8.
The Bearcats have one match remaining in the regular season. They host Louisville at Gettler Stadium on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:00 p.m.