If there is one sport you should be following this year, it has to be George Keifer's Men's Soccer team. The Half-Hoops have quietly moved up the rankings all season, and jumped up to #6 in this week's NSCAA Coaches Poll. With the possibility of grabbing the Red Division Title at the swank new Corbett Soccer Stadium last night, the Bulls easily took care of Cincinnati, beating the Bearcats 3-0.
Junior striker Dom Dwyer scored a brace, including the game winner in the 9th minute. Dwyer chested a pass from Ashani Fairclough inside the box, brought it down and blasted a beauty past Taylor Hafling. The Cincinnati keeper had no chance to save the shot, and it brought up Dwyer's goal total to 15 at that point.
The Bulls gained some breathing room in the 56th when Senior midfielder Sebastian Thuriere took a Dwyer pass at the top of the box and put it in the bottom left corner to give the Bulls the 2-0 lead. Dwyer made it 3-0 less than a minute later after Hafling mishandled a Wesley Charpie shot and Dwyer was there to clean up and collect his 2nd goal of the match. His 16th goal not only has him far away as the best goalscorer in the conference, but put him in a tie for first in the NCAA for goals scored.
The Bulls defense was stout as it has been all year, and stymied the Bearcats strikeforce all night. GK Chris Blais was rarely called in to make a save last night, but easily took care of the two shots that made it on goal and earned his 6th shutout of the year.
The Hoops have a chance to win the Red Division title outright as they head up to New Jersey to take on Rutgers this Sunday. Anything less than a loss will do the trick for the Half-Hoops, but Keifer and the boys will want to keep their 7 game winning streak intact as they prepare for the Big East and NCAA Tournaments.