Oct. 11, 2011
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The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team will travel down I-71 to take on longtime rival No. 10/9 Louisville on Wednesday evening at Cardinal Park at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati leads the all-time series, its second-longest behind the crosstown rivalry with Xavier.
UC holds a 21-13-2 advantage, but Louisville has won each of the last four meetings.
UC's 4-3 overtime win against the Cardinals in 2005 was the first BIG EAST victory for any UC program.
The series is tied 9-9-0 in Lousiville.
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 seven of UC's 16 goals this season. Newcomers have accounted for 11 goals in 2011.
Nine different players have accounted for goals this season for UC.
UC's win against SIU Edwardsville snapped a five-match winless streak and was the 90th win at Cincinnati for head coach Hylton Dayes.
UC and crosstown rival Xavier played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 28 in Gettler Stadium, extending the Bearcats' unbeaten streak against XU at home to 14 matches (11-0-3).
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 an 90-85-30 mark at UC and a 186-170-49 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 15 goals in 12 matches, posting his first career shutout in UC's home opener against Central Arkansas. He has made 42 saves and holds a .737 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.
Freshman Matt Remaley scored his second career goal, the game-winner, against SIU Edwardsville in the 36th minute.
Junior Mike Brizzi scored his first career goal late in the first half to give UC a 1-0 lead at Rutgers.
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.