Former Men's Soccer Player on USL Pro Team of The Week|
Aug. 7, 2013
CINCINNATI -Former University of Cincinnati men's soccer player Matt Bahner has been named to the United Soccer League (USL) PRO Team of the Week after scoring his first professional goal for the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Bahner scored the first goal of the match in Harrisburg City's 3-1 victory over the Phoenix FC Wolves on July 31. The midfielder has played in 21 of 23 matches for the Islanders this season, helping them to a 13-8-2 mark which is currently third in the 13-team USL PRO. Bahner also has an assists on the year, for a total of three points.
"We're extremely happy for Matt and the way his professional career has started," said UC head coach Hylton Dayes. "We all knew he had the ability to play at the next level and it's great that Harrisburg has given him that opportunity."
The West Chester, Ohio, native played in 68 matches as a Bearcat, starting 65 contests. He scored 13 career goals and registered nine assists for 35 career points. The Lakota West High School product also tallied seven game-winning goals during his UC career. In April, Bahner received the David DeCarlo Award as the senior who the coaches feel truly exemplifies hard work and leadership.
Bahner signed with Harrisburg on March 25, 2013, joining the USL PRO, which serves as a feeder for Major League Soccer (MLS). The Islanders share a direct link with the Philadelphia Union of the MLS. Harrisburg has three matches remaining on its 2013 slate. Bahner will cap his first professional season in nearby Dayton, Ohio, when the Islanders visit the Dayton Dutch Lions FC on Saturday, August 17.
"(Bahner) has really worked his way up from being one of the last players on the roster to starting and helping Harrisburg be one of the best teams in the USL PRO Division," Dayes added. "We just hope he continues to improve and be a great ambassador for UC Soccer and the city of Cincinnati."
The Bearcats will start the 2013 season with a pair of exhibition contests versus Michigan and Bowling Green. UC will host Michigan on Monday, August 19, at Gettler Stadium (4:00 p.m.), before visiting Bowling Green on Saturday, August 24. The regular season will begin Friday, August 30, when UC faces Northern Illinois at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic in Columbus, Ohio.