Women's Soccer Young, Talented

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Welcome back to campus, everyone! Whether you're moving in this weekend in Clifton or an alum returning for Saturday's football game, we're glad to see you back. And with all the other things going on this weekend, including Oktoberfest downtown, I suggest you take a little time to stick around campus Sunday afternoon and watch a little soccer.

It's a big weekend for the women's soccer team, going on the road Friday for the first BIG EAST game of the season against DePaul, then coming home to play #8 ranked Notre Dame Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

And here's why this is special: Two of the team's players already have won BIG EAST weekly awards. First, freshman goalkeeper Kristina Utley was Goalkeeper of the Week late August, then another freshman, Mackenzie Grause, was just named Rookie of the Week. The team is just coming off a 2-0-0 College of Charleston Tournament.

Not bad for two Bearcats, and especially not bad for two freshmen. Yes, this team is young. Five freshmen routinely start. It's an exciting style of play. This team, early in the season, plays a fearless brand of soccer. It's a lot of fun to watch, and fans are coming, whether it's the record crowd to see UC and Xavier, or local youth teams watching the Wisconsin matchup.

So stick around after the football game and before you hit Oktoberfest and watch the UC-ND matchup Sunday afternoon. I think you'll enjoy the product Michelle Salmon has put together and I bet it won't be your last visit to Gettler Stadium this season.

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