Sept. 27, 2011
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The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team welcomes crosstown rival Xavier to Gettler Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Bearcats lead the all-time series with the crosstown Musketeers, 25-8-6.
UC is unbeaten in the last six meetings (5-0-1), outscoring XU 10-2 during that stretch.
The Bearcats are unbeaten in the last 13 meetings at home against Xavier (11-0-2). The last loss at home came in 1983, a 3-1 defeat.
Last season, the Bearcats and Musketeers played to a 0-0 draw at the XU Soccer Complex.
Only seven of the 25 Bearcats who will dress for the match have played in previous matchups with Xavier, while just four of UC's expected starters have made appearances against XU.
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The Bearcats have started five true freshmen and a first-year transfer this season.
Freshman Cole DeNormandie and junior college transfer Leon Powell have combined to score six of UC's 12 goals this season. Newcomers have accounted for nine goals in 2011.
The Bearcats' seven combined goals against Central Arkansas and IUPUI are 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 of 2009, respectively.
Head coach Hylton Dayes is in his 11th season at Cincinnati and 22nd as a head coach. Dayes holds a 89-83-29 mark at UC and a 185-168-48 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 eight goals in seven matches, posting his first career shutout in UC's home opener against Central Arkansas. He has made 31 saves and holds a .756 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.
Freshman Will Diebold scored his first career goal against Oakland, giving the Bearcats a lead in the 67th minute.
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 and all-Ohio selection Roger Thompson, both currently sidelined with injury.
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.