Bearcats Open Home Slate Against Bradley

Junior Kevin Schrand
Men's Soccer |

Aug. 29, 2006

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      The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team welcomes 2005 NCAA Tournament participant Bradley to Gettler Stadium on Aug. 29.  Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women's team.



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• The Bearcats opened the 2006 season with a 2-1 overtime win against rival Xavier on Aug. 25.

• The win improved UC to 7-1-2 against XU in the last 10 meetings.

• UC is now 15-15-4 in season-openers and 15-16-2 in home openers.

• Senior Kwame Sarkodie scored his first goal since 2003, his freshman season.

• UC was picked to finish third in the  Red Division in the BIG EAST preseason coaches poll.

• Senior Omar Cummings has been named the Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year as well as preseason All-BIG EAST and College Soccer News Preseason All-American.

• The Bearcats received votes in the preseason Soccer Times Top 25 poll.  UC was ranked No. 36 by the publication.

• Head coach Hylton Dayes is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bearcats holding a 46-37-16 mark.  He improved to 4-1-1 against Xavier and is 2-0-0 against Bradley.



      Bradley comes to Cincinnati with a 1-0-1 record after capturing the Bradley Classic championship.  The Braves posted a 3-0 victory against St. Francis (Pa.) and played Duquesne to a 1-1 draw. 

      Freshman forward Chris Cutshaw led the Braves attack with a goal in each match.  Goalkeeper Mike Haynes allowed just one goal while making five saves over 200 minutes. 

      Head coach Jim DeRose is in his 11th season at the helm of the Braves program.  He holds a119-71-17 record overall and is 1-3-0 against the Bearcats during his tenure.  BU assistant Brad Ruzzo is a former Bearcat, having starting 77 matches from 1995-98.



      UC is 3-1-0 all-time against Bradley, winning each of the last three meetings.  The last time the teams met, the Bearcats came away with a 3-2 victory on Sept. 16, 2004, at Gettler Stadium.  The first meeting took place in 1997, with Bradley taking a 1-0 decision.  The Bearcats are 2-0-0 at Gettler Stadium against the Braves.



      The Bearcats were picked to finish third in the BIG EAST's Red Division by the conference's coaches.  UC finished third in the Red Division last season behind former Conference USA rival USF and perennial power St. John's.  The same two programs were chosen to finish above the Bearcats again this season, UC's second in the BIG EAST.



      Freshman Jusdon McKinney tallied his first career point against Xavier, feeding senior Kwame Sarkodie for the first goal of the match.  The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, native started his first career match, getting the nod at defender.



      Senior Omar Cummings is no stranger to postseason awards, having been unanimously named to the first team All-BIG EAST team as well as the NSCAA All-Region team a season ago.  But this year, he has been awarded before the season even started.  The Jamaica native was named the Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, as well as a Preseason All-American by Collge Soccer News.



            UC heads to Dallas, Texas, for the SMU Radisson Invitationassssal.  The Bearcats will take on host SMU on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. ET and follow that with an 8:30 p.m. ET match against Florida International on Sept. 3.


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