Bearcats Travel to No. 23 St. John's for Key BIG EAST Matchup|
Sept. 29, 2006
BEARCATS TRAVEL TO
The Bearcats are 7-3-1 overall and lead the BIG EAST Red Division with a 4-2-0 mark. UC is riding a school-record five-match winning streak after defeating rival
UC has outscored its opponents, 14-3, during its five-match winning streak and has outshot its foes, 103-48.
After scoring just five goals in its first six matches, UC has nearly tripled that total (14) in its last five.
Noah Davidson has scored three goals, including the game-winners against No. 12 Notre Dame on Sept. 17 and
Omar Cummings has recorded a point in five of his last six matches after assisting on all three goals against
Goalkeeper Mike Vessells posted his fourth shutout of the season against
13 different Bearcats have recorded points for UC this season.
UC was picked to finish third in the Red Division in the BIG EAST preseason coaches poll.
Cummings was 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 UC 2006 recruiting class was ranked No. 38 nationally by College Soccer News.
Head coach Hylton Dayes is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bearcats, holding a 51-40-17 mark.
SCOUTING THE RED STORM:
No. 23 St. John's, one of the nation's premier soccer programs, enters the match with a 6-2-2 overall mark and a 3-1-2 ledger in conference play after a 1-1 draw against
Freshman Ryan Soroka leads the Red Storm with five assists and 11 points, while Jeff Stepan is the leading goal scorer for
Head coach Dave Masur is in his 16th season as head coach at
UC-ST. JOHN'S SERIES HISTORY:
The UC-St. John's series history is a short one, but a memorable one. The Bearcats and Red Storm have played just once, on Oct. 8, 2005, at Gettler Stadium. Ranked No. 17 nationally, UC was riding a school-record seven-match unbeaten streak, when the Red Storm, ranked No. 3 in the country, entered Gettler Stadium. Defender Brad Simpson was sent off in the sixth minute of the match after taking down Hermann Trophy candidate Matt Groenwald as the last defender back in a breakaway situation. UC was forced to play a man down for almost 85 minutes.
CUMMINGS AND GOINGS:
Omar Cummings has done nothing to hurt his preseason hype. With four goals and eight assists, he leads a UC offense that is clicking right now. Cummings has recorded a point in five of his last six matches, scoring a pair of goals and adding eight assists during that stretch. He currently leads the BIG EAST in assists (8) and ranks third in points (16). The Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and College Soccer News Preseason All-American is the catalyst for a UC offense that leads the conference in assists and has scored 14 goals during its five-match winning streak.
VESSELLS MOVES UP THE CHART:
Senior goalkeeper Mike Vessells continues his ascent up the career shutouts list at UC. With three clean sheets this season, Vessells now has 12 career shutouts, which is good for third on the career list. He has not allowed a goal in his last 237:02 and has let just two shots by him in the last 437:50. Taking away the 6-0 loss against No. 2 SMU earlier this season, Vessells' goals against average would be 0.67, which would lead the BIG EAST by over 0.10.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING:
UC has won a school-record five straight after its 3-0 win against
GETTLER STADIUM DOMINANCE:
The Bearcats are 6-0-0 when playing in the friendly confines of Gettler Stadium this season. UC has outscored its opponents, 16-3, in those six contests. Conversely, away from Gettler, the Bearcats are just 1-3-1 and have been outscored, 11-3. Since 2004, the Bearcats are 15-6-2 at Gettler Stadium.
The Bearcats return home to take on another BIG EAST rival, USF, on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. The Bulls were the preseason favorites to win the BIG EAST Red Division after greabbing the division title last season, their first in the league.