Bearcats Open BIG EAST Play at Pittsburgh
Cole DeNormandie

Sept. 21, 2012

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The Game:

  • The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team will begin BIG EAST play on the road. The Bearcats will face Pittsburgh at the Ambrose Urbanic Field on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

    Series History:

  • The Bearcats hold a 2-1 series lead over the Panthers. This is their first meeting since UC's 2009 1-0 victory at Gettler Stadium.

    Story Lines:

  • Head coach Hylton Dayesis in his 12th season at Cincinnati and 23rd as a head coach. Dayes holds an 95-93-31 mark at UC and a 192-177-50 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.
  • For the second consecutive season, the Bearcats are dealing with a bevy of injuries to key players. Starters Leon Powell, Matt Bahner, Peter Jannelli, Emmanuel Appiah, Michael Millay, and Will Dieboldhave missed time due to injury in 2012.
  • In 2011, UC posted a 6-11-1 overall mark, including a 2-7-0 ledger in BIG EAST play. The Bearcats failed to advance to the BIG EAST Tournament for just the second time since joining the league in 2005.
  • Returning this season are 2011 BIG EAST All-Rookie honoree Cole DeNormandie and 2010 second-team All-BIG EAST midfielder Matt Bahner.
  • The Bearcats look to rebuild a defensive unit which needs to replace both center backs and graduated captain and four-year starter Sam Klosterman.
  • A revamped back line and new starting goalkeeper, sophomore Taylor Hafling, will look to improve upon the 1.6 goals per game allowed in 2011.
  • A bevy of young but experienced players will take the pitch in 2012, including sophomores forward DeNormandie (18 starts in 2011), defender Will Diebold (14 starts), midfielders Matt Remaley (12 starts), Emmanuel Appiah (12 starts), and Ashani Walker(seven starts).

    Matt Bahner, a 2010 second-team All-BIG EAST midfielder, returns to the squad for his fifth season after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a knee injury. Bahner led the Bearcats with seven goals and six assists in 2010 and has 12 career goals to his name.

  • Bahner scored his first goal of the season on Sept. 2 at No. 22 Xavier. Peter Jannelli, who last played with the Bearcats during the 2009 season, started in the midfield in the first two contests, assisting on the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory against Drake on Aug. 24.

    New Kids on the Block:

  • Five true freshmen and a first-year transfer saw time for the Bearcats in the opening weekend.
  • Three true freshmen have made starts this season: Richardo Israel (8 starts), Gabriel Robinson (7) and John Manga (4) while first year transfer David Murrowhas started one match.
  • Freshmen forward Evan Talkers, defender Ben Keane, and midfielder Jacob Martinezhave alse seen time for the Bearcats.
  • Martinez scored his first career goal in the 1-0 overtime victory against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 16. Martinez's 98th-minute goal came in his second appearance in the Bearcat uniform.

    BIG EAST/National Honors:

  • Taylor Haflingwas named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Sept. 17 after making 12 save and posting shutouts against Gardner-Webb and Towson.
  • Cole DeNormandiewas named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team following the 2011 campaign. He led the Bearcats with seven goals and 15 points.
  • Four UC freshmen were named to the Top 100 Freshmen list last season. Cole DeNormandie was No. 14 on the list, while Will Diebold (No. 69), Matt Remaley (No. 85), and Emmanuel Appiah(No. 95) were also recognized.

    Preseason Polling:

  • The Bearcats were picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Red Division by the league's coaches.
  • UC has topped its preseason expectations in all but two seasons since joining the BIG EAST in 2005.

    Ranking the Foes:

  • The Bearcats have 13 wins over ranked opponents under Hylton Dayes(since 2001). UC is 13-31-6 against Top 25 foes since 2001, including a win against No. 1 Connecticut on Sept. 16, 2005, in Gettler Stadium.
  • The Bearcats are 0-2-0 against ranked teams this season, falling 3-0 to No. 12/9 Indiana on Aug. 26 and 2-1 at No. 22 Xavier on Sept. 2.

    Last Time Out:

  • UC (3-4-1) topped Towson and Gardner-Webb (0-6-0) at Gettler Stadium on Friday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 16, respectively.
  • Senior Zach Patterson scored the game winner against Towson (2-4-0). The goal came in the 75th minute and was the first of Patterson's career. Senior Mike Brizziearned the assist.
  • True freshman Jacob Martinez also scored his first career goal against the Gardner-Webb. The lone goal in UC's overtime 1-0 victory was a result of a give and go play with fellow freshman John Manga.
  • Overall, UC (3-outshot their opponents 34-23. Goalkeeper Taylor Hafling made six saves against both teams.