CINCINNATI, Ohio – Gardner-Webb used a pair of Amanda Steinmuller goals early in the first half to hang close at Cincinnati, but the Bearcats pulled away for a 21-6 win Friday afternoon.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (0-9) got goals from Steinmuller at the 18:57 mark and 17:43 mark in the first half to trim the Bearcats' lead to 4-2. Cincinnati got a goal from Elana Enich just 17 seconds later, however, to spark a 7-0 run that put the hosts up 11-2.
After a goal from Abby Hanscom cut the lead to 11-3 with 11:42 remaining in the first half, Cincinnati went on another 7-0 run that spanned halftime and put the game out of reach with 24:29 to play in the game.
Gardner-Webb played even with the Bearcats the rest of the way (3-3), with a pair of goals from Maddie Stephens in the final 18 minutes – and a goal from Cincinnati, Ohio, native Cassidy McDowell with 10:04 remaining.
The Bearcats (4-4) outshot Gardner-Webb 34-18, putting 27 on goal and 21 into the net. The two teams each had 14 draw controls, but the Runnin' Bulldogs had 23 turnovers in the game. Ground balls were also nearly even, with Cincinnati holding a 23-19 edge.
Stephens and Steinmuller each led Gardner-Webb with two goals on Friday. Hanscom added a goal to go with four ground balls – and McDowell scored one goal on four shots. Cincinnati native Melan White started in goal and finished with four saves in 30:00 minutes. She also had three ground balls.
Katie Stegmann led Cincinnati with four goals, with Monica Borzillo, Amanda Donovan, McKeena Rushford and Mackenzie Schoen each scoring three.
Gardner-Webb returns home next week to host Furman on Thursday, March 23, at 4:00 pm. GWU will play four of its next five games in Ernest W. Spangler Stadium, beginning Big South Conference play on April 1 vs. High Point (1:00 pm).