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First-Half Deficit Too Much for Soccer to Overcome at Cincinnati

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The Morehead State soccer team struggled to contain the Cincinnati attack on Sunday, falling behind early in the 3-0 loss. Morehead State fell to 3-1-4 on the season, finishing conference play just under .500.

In the 12th minute, goalkeeper Michelle Jerantowski thought she had punched a ball out of danger, but Vanessa DiNardo found herself in the right place at the right time and fired a shot past the Eagle keeper and into the back of the net, giving the Bearcats the lead. Not long after, UC went up 2-0 on a goal from Maddie Swingle.

The Eagles had a chance to cut into the deficit in the 16th minute, as Hadley Cytron fired a shot towards the bottom left corner. but Anna Rexford made a diving save and kept the Eagles off the board. UC struck again with another goal from DiNardo in the 26th minute.

In the second half, Morehead State subbed Erin Gibbs in at goalkeeper, marking her first collegiate action. Gibbs kept Cincinnati off the board in the second half with four saves. Gibbs made three spectacular saves, including a diving stop on a header in close by the Bearcats.

Cincinnati led the way in shots 24-3, with 14 shots in the first half. Only eight of those shots were on target.

The Eagles get six days off before opening OVC play at home versus Southern Indiana on September 18.

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By Hunter Hurst, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations