Bearcats Busy on Summer Soccer Circuit|
July 24, 2012
CINCINNATI - A host of current Bearcats soccer student-athletes have spent the summer showcasing their talents and honing their skills with development and professional clubs across the country.
2011 BIG EAST All-Freshman teamer Cole DeNormandie has scored two goals for the two-time defending champions, Crew Juniors. The Crew led the men’s division entering the USL Super-20 League North America Finals, a 12-team tournament at the IMG Soccer Complex in Bradenton, Fla. In its most recent match on July 19, DeNormandie scored a goal in the 86th minute to give the defending champions a 1-0 victory in Group D against Orlando City in the second game of the finals. Thanks to DeNormandie’s efforts, the Crew is guaranteed a place in the semifinals with a draw in their final group game against Alamo FC, and a chance to claim their third successive championship. The Crew won their last group game and won in the semifinals, but lost in the finals to the Chicago Fire, 3-1.
Two additional players are members of the USL’s Kings Super 20s, including Emmanuel Appiah and Robert Hasselfeld.
The 2012 Bearcats open exhibition play on August 12 in Gettler Stadium against Eastern Illinois. A youthful corps returns for UC, including DeNormandie, who leads four Bearcats who were recognized among the Top 100 freshman by TopDrawerSoccer.com in 2011: Matt Remaley, Will Diebold, and Appiah.