Cincinnati Comes Back to Defeat @MemphisWSoccer, 3-2
Sept. 29, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Cincinnati (5-7, 1-1 American) scored two second half goals to force overtime and used a goal with five minutes remaining in the second overtime to defeat Memphis (7-4, 0-2 American) on Sunday at Gettler Stadium.
Mackenzie Reynolds put away the game-winner after Danielle Rotheram served a cross into the box. Reynolds flicked the ball into the back of the net and the Bearcats completed the comeback.
In a matter of 51 seconds, Memphis scored twice to take an early 2-0 lead. After a foul was called on Cincinnati near midfield, Elysia Masters served the free kick into the box where Diamond Simpson put a shot on frame. Simpson’s shot was saved initially but Christabel Oduro waited at the far post and put away the goal for a 1-0 Memphis lead.
Moments later, Oduro served a cross into the box and Kelley Gravlin put away her first goal of the season to give Memphis the 2-0 advantage. With her seventh goal and third assist on the season, Oduro climbs the career scoring mark within two points of the program record. Oduro moved up to 100 career points with her 39th career goal and 22nd career assist.
Cincinnati came out in the second half and put two early shots near the target. Megan Cravenor put a shot into the box from 20 yards away, but freshman goalkeeper Maryse Bard-Martel was there for the stop. Moments later, Katie Greer took a shot from 15 yards away, but the shot glanced over the crossbar.
The Bearcats continued to maintain possession for much of the second half and were able to score in the 77th minute. Laura Rose served a cross into the box at the right post and Danielle Rotheram was there to put away the goal with a header to cut Memphis’ lead to 2-1.
The Lady Tigers nearly regained the two-goal advantage, but Cincinnati goalkeeper Natalie Smith punched away the shot by Valerie Sanderson. On the ensuing corner kick, Marissa Duguay had a clean look on a header, but the shot was high of the target. Cincinnati quickly took the ball the other way and Rose would give equalize with a goal at the left post. Emily Elsbrock took a throw-in from the right side and Megan Cravenor flicked it to Rose where she took a one-timer to tie the game at 2-2.
After holding an 8-3 advantage in shots in the first frame, Cincinnati out-shot Memphis 16-5 over the remaining 65 minutes. Bard-Martel finished the match with four saves on the afternoon and Natalie Smith had four saves for Cincinnati.
Memphis travels to Rutgers for the last of six-straight road games on Friday. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.