BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team went on the road for the second time this week and upset a ranked opponent when it bested the 19th-ranked Bowling Green Falcons, 3-1, on Saturday night at Cochrane Stadium.
UC improves to 4-2-1 on the year and is riding a three-match undefeated streak including back-to-back wins. The Bearcats have now won five straight against the Falcons including the last two played in Bowling Green. Meanwhile, BGSU falls to 5-2-0 on the year and suffers its first loss at Cochrane Stadium since Oct. 3, 2015.
In front of a crowd of over 1,000 fans for the Falcons' Alumni Weekend, the Bearcats got the crucial first score on a BGSU own goal in the 32nd minute. Even with the home-team mistake, the Red & Black were aggressive in the opening period with four shots including a pair on goal. As a result, UC was armed with a 1-0 advantage heading into halftime.
The Bearcats added an insurance goal early in the second half when sophomore midfielder David Sanz (Santander, Spain/IE La Marina) took a left-side cross from freshman midfielder Sean Clarke (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and finished into the net from about six yards out. With BGSU scrambling to climb out of its deficit, UC kept the home team at bay for much of the period. The Falcons did cut their deficit in the 89th minute on a header from Chris Brennan off of assists from Keaton Reynolds and Marshall Mast. The Bearcats scored again moments later when Clarke eluded two defenders with a great individual effort for UC's third goal.
Sanz added his team-leading fourth goal of the season, while Clarke tallied his second goal of the year -- second in as many matches -- as well as his second assist. Redshirt freshman Pearce Skinner (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) continued his strong play between the pipes with four saves to bring his total to 17 in the last three matches.
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