FC Cincinnati finished their preseason on a positive note by beating the Xavier University Mens Soccer team 3-2 at XU Soccer Complex on Friday. Harrison Delbridge, Aodhan Quinn, and Djiby Fall all put their name on the score sheet, as the Orange and Blue did enough to get past a competitive Xavier Mens team. The game was played under cold, misty, and generally unpleasant mid-March conditions.
Alan Koch set the team up in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the second consecutive match. Quinn and Walker started as the holding midfielders. Daryl Fordyce played behind Djiby Fall with Mansaray and Wiedeman as the wide players. Austin Berry missed the match as he recovers from a sprained elbow.
The Xavier mens team handled themselves well in the first half, sharing possession and opportunities with FC Cincinnati. They didn’t look out of place against professional competition. Harrison Delbridge gave the Orange and Blue the lead in the 20th minute by getting on the end of a fine cross from the right by Andrew Wiedeman. Delbridge’s headed strike was the only goal of a first half that ended 1-0 to FC Cincinnati. Despite some decent play by Xavier, FC Cincinnati had the better opportunities and outshot them 10-2.
Xavier equalized courtesy of forward Matt Vasquenza just one minute after the whistle blew to start the second half.
Not to be outdone, Aodhan Quinn regained the lead for FC Cincinnati only two minutes later. He delivered a wicked curling strike from the right side of the box that left the Xavier goalkeeper helpless. The strike was his second goal of the preseason.
FC Cincinnati pressed the issue for the next 15 minutes and found a third. After some good build up play on the right, Matt Bahner laid the ball off to Djiby Fall who turned and thumped a close range effort past Xavier keeper Zachary Nelson to make it 3-1.
FC Cincinnati seemed to be cruising, but Xavier was not going to fold easily. Xavier’s Big East Defensive Player of the Year Cory Brown scored a headed goal to pull one back for Xavier in the 68th minute.
The late stages of the match saw Kadeem Dacres, Andy Craven, and Jimmy McLaughlin all enter the match as substitutes for FC Cincinnati.
The Muskies almost found an impressive equalizer in the 83rd minute. After a melee in front of goal, Xavier managed more than one shot, but were repeatedly denied by FC Cincinnati’s defense. Paul Nicholson appeared to get a critical block to preserve the lead for the Orange and Blue.
The matched ended 3-2 to FC Cincinnati. Xavier played well and offered quite a bit more resistance than UC had the week prior. FC Cincinnati won the match and continues to score goals, but continues to let goals in as well.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more on of FC Cincinnati’s last preseason match.