Editors Note: NCLL is excited to have Mike Wells back for another season to capture as much Midwest/Deep South Conference action as possible. Mike not only takes great photos but keeps notes on all the action. Here’s his latest report.
After warming up for the game, Ethan Wilson addressed his fellow Cincinnati Bearcats. “We always go down three or four goals to these guys and then have to fight our way back to a win. Let’s turn that around this time and take care of business from the beginning.”
Wilson was right. Last Spring, the Bearcats found themselves struggling against the Cards early on, only to be saved by the referee calling the game in the first quarter due to the weather. The season prior, Louisville came out strong, only to fall victim to lose the lead late in the second half. Yes, Wilson was right, the Bearcats had a record of coming out weak and playing catch-up against Louisville.
Three minutes into the game, Nathan Reader would put the Bearcats up 1-0. It was the first time in over two years that the Bearcats were successfully able to score first against the Cards.
But, Reader wasn’t done. With the help of Eric Thomas and Carter Cox, Reader would complete his hat-trick in the first quarter of play.
By the end of the first quarter, the Bearcats had a demanding 5-0 lead. Noah
On the very first possession of the second quarter, Thomas would add another goal for the Bearcats to increase their lead to 6-0. It would be a total of twenty-seven minutes before the Cards would score their first goal. Jesse Mayor scored with three Bearcats defending him, to put Louisville on the board.
With under two minutes to play in the first half, Thomas would get his first goal to stretch the lead back to 6 at 7-1. On the last possession of the first half, Louisville’s Lucas Porter would score, bringing the score to 7-2 at the half in favor of Cincinnati.
Sam Long started in goal for Louisville in the second half, but Cincinnati simply continued to dominate offensively.
Five minutes in, Kellan Grainger and Noah Jones scored for Cincinnati to extend the Bearcats lead to 9-2 before Josh Fuson would get the Cardinals 2nd goal of day before Reader added his 4th of the day for Cinncy.
Reader and Thomas would score again in the 4th to increase the Bearcats lead to 12-3. Justin Hyde and Holden Summers would answer for Louisville to bring the score to 12-5 late in the fourth quarter.
Alex James would scoop up a rebound off of Sam Long, and burry the final goal of the day, bringing the score to 13-5, Bearcats.
With the loss, Louisville falls to 1-2 overall on the season. The Cards don’t play again until Saturday, March 28th when they travel to Indianapolis to face against Bowling Green and Butler.
Head Coach, Ryan McCauley said, “We have a lot of work to do in preparation for Butler and Bowling Green. They are both two great programs that we need to prepare for. We have a lot to work on between now and then.”