Men’s soccer loses tough one to rival Cincinnati State

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Men’s soccer loses tough one to rival Cincinnati State

Owens Express player puts his head on the ball in a scoring attempt against Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, on Sept. 14, 2014.

Owens Express player puts his head on the ball in a scoring attempt against Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, on Sept. 14, 2014.

Photo by Fabian Koder

Owens Express player puts his head on the ball in a scoring attempt against Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, on Sept. 14, 2014.

Photo by Fabian Koder

Photo by Fabian Koder

Owens Express player puts his head on the ball in a scoring attempt against Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, on Sept. 14, 2014.

By Kyle Brown, Sports photographer

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No. 17 ranked Owens Community College’s men’s soccer team took on one of their biggest rivals, No. 7 ranked Cincinnati State on Sunday.

Less than 15 minutes into the game, the first goal was scored by Owens’ forward/midfielder Ahmad Jarrar, with an assist to Austin Combs.

The lead did not last long.  Cincinnati State’s Mohamed Thiaw answered back only seven minutes later to even up the score 1-1, and it remained that way through halftime.

 A penalty kick gave Cincinnati a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute.

 It would not be a rivalry without tempers and high pressures from both teams, and that was evident in the second half. Both teams became visibly angered by one another as they looked for every little call for an advantage. Rising tempers were particularly evident after a  referee made a bad call Owens’ Matt Almester.  But after a second look, the referee corrected himself and apologized, pointing out that the things said and done on the field by both teams needed to stop. The rivalry was definitely alive.

 Players on both sides became more vocal as time ticked away.

Cincinnati scored again with less than 10 minutes remaining, and kept the pressure on Owens. In response, Owens panicked and booted the ball to try to make something happen. To no avail, the score was left the same and Cincinnati won 3-1.

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