Sept. 15, 2011
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The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team closes out a four-match homestand with contests against Missouri State on Sept. 16 and Oakland on Sept. 18 in Gettler Stadium.
The Bearcats will look to make it four straight wins after a pair of wins at home last weekend over Central Arkansas and IUPUI.
The UC and Missouri State series is tied, 1-1, with the last matchup coming in 1994 (4-1 UC loss).
Oakland leads the all-time series between the clubs, 3-2. The Bearcats are just 1-2-1 all-time against the Grizzlies at home.
Freshman forward Cole DeNormandie is tops in the nation among freshmen with four goals in five matches this season.
The Bearcats have started five true freshmen and a first-year transfer this season.
DeNormandie and junior college transfer forward Leon Powell have combined to score six of UC's 11 goals this season. Newcomers have accounted for eight goals in 2011.
The Bearcats' seven combined goals in the last two contests is the most since scoring seven in back-to-back contests against Canisius (5-0) and Wright State (2-0) on Sept. 4 and Sept. 6, respectively.
Head coach Hylton Dayes is in his 11th season at Cincinnati and 22nd as a head coach. Dayes holds a 89-80-29 mark at UC and a 185-165-48 overall record.
Dayes is the second winningest coach in UC history behind only Bob Muro, who posted a 114-111-13 mark in 12 seasons on the Bearcats sideline.
Junior goalkeeper Joey Barnard has allowed five goals in five matches, posting his first career shutout in UC's home opener against Central Arkansas. He has made 20 saves and holds a .800 save percentage.
Junior midfielder Shamar Shelton scored the game-tying goal and assisted on another in UC's 3-1 season-opening win at Western Michigan.
Senior defender Sam Klosterman scored the game-winner at Western Michigan from the penalty spot and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his efforts.
Freshman midfielder Emmanuel Appiah tallied his first career goal in the second half at Virginia Tech in the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational.
In 2010, UC posted a 7-5-7 overall mark, including a 5-1-3 ledger in BIG EAST play and a second-place BIG EAST Red Division finish. The Bearcats advanced to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals for the first time in program history.
Returning to the roster this season are second-team all-BIG EAST midfielder Matt Bahner (currently sidelined with a knee injury) and all-Ohio selection Roger Thompson.
The Bearcats look to replace a starting forward, two starting midfielders, a starting defender, and a third-team all-conference goalkeeper from a season ago.
UC welcomes a class of 14 newcomers in 2011, a recruiting class ranked No. 28 in the nation by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
BIG EAST/National Honors:
Cole DeNormandie was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Sept. 12 after scoring three goals, including a pair of game-winners, in wins against Central Arkansas (Sept. 9) and IUPUI (Sept. 11).
Klosterman and freshman midfielder Emmanuel Appiah were named to the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational all-tournament team following the weekend tourney in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 4.
Senior captain Sam Klosterman was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after scoring the game-winner from the penalty spot in a 3-1 win at Western Michigan on August 27.