Aug. 15, 2014
// For Starters
The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team begins preparation for its 2014 campaign with an exhibition contest against neighboring Cincinnati State. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Gettler Stadium. Admission is free of charge.
The Bearcats return one of the most experienced teams in the nation, including 10 of 11 starters and over 80-percent of its scoring from a season ago. They take the pitch for the first time in 2014 against a Cincinnati State team which went 18-2-2 last year, winning the Ohio Community College Conference and reaching the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament for the second consecutive year.
// Friendly Time
Cincinnati last faced Cincinnati State in an exhibition match in 2009, with the Bearcats taking a 5-1 decision at Gettler Stadium. The Bearcats received scores from Mark Kontsch, Tristan Watson, Chris Mitchell and a pair of goals from Alex Fernandes, while the Surge's lone score came on an own goal which deflected off a UC defender. Last season, UC dropped both of its exhibition matches, falling to Michigan and Bowling Green.
// Bring 'Em Back
With over 80-percent of their scoring and 300-plus career starts returning in 2014, the Bearcats boast one of the most experienced teams in the nation. UC returns 81.3% of its goal scoring from a season ago, a total which ranks 13th nationally and tops in the American Athletic Conference. In addition, the roster features a combined 308 career starts entering the season. That makes UC one of just seven schools in the country to have logged at least 300 career starts.
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// Remaley, Diebold Earn Preseason All-Conference Honors
Seniors Matt Remaley (Highlands Ranch, Colo/Mountain Vista) and Will Diebold (Coppell, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) were named second team preseason all-conference by College Sports Madness.
Remaley (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) was a second team All-Ohio selection as a junior in 2013, playing in all 19 matches and starting all but one contest. He played the second-most minutes on the team (1,701), helping to solidify the backfield.
Diebold (Coppell, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) also played in 19 matches and made 18 starts last season. The midfielder registered a pair of goals, while assisting on four scores, for a total of eight points which ranked second on the team. Diebold recorded a point in four consecutive matches, during which the Bearcats went 3-1 with wins over sixth-ranked Louisville, IUPUI and Belmont.
// The Captains
Seniors Matt Remaley (Highlands Ranch, Colo/Mountain Vista) and Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./Male) will wear the captains' armbands for the red and black in 2014. Remaley was a second team All-Ohio selection in 2013 after playing in all 19 games. Hafling has made 27 career starts in net, posting a 1.49 goals against average and .740 career saves percentage. He was the keeper in 2012 when UC recorded a school record six consecutive shutouts.