The University of Cincinnati men's soccer team looks to snap a three-match losing streak when it travels to DePaul on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The Bearcats and Blue Demons will kick off at 4 p.m. ET from Wish Field.
Cincinnati is 14-10-4 all-time against the Blue Demons, but is winless in the last five against DePaul (0-4-1). UC has won just once (1-0 on Oct. 18, 2006) in its last six trips to Wish Field (1-3-2), including dropping a 1-0 decision in the BIG EAST Tournament in 2007.
Head coach Hylton Dayes is in his 12th season at Cincinnati and 23rd as a head coach. Dayes holds an 97-96-33 mark at UC and a 194-180-52 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.
Cincinnati set a school record with its fifth consecutive shutout against Syracuse on Sept. 29 and extended the streak to six with a 0-0 draw vs. No. 21/20 USF. The Bearcats' shutout streak was snapped at 672 minutes at No. 12/16 St. John's on Oct. 6.
Prior to the start of this streak, UC's previous record of four consecutive shutouts came Oct. 27-Nov. 7, 2007. Cincinnati posted a 1-0 win over Villanova, 2-0 win vs. Michigan State, 1-0 win at Rutgers, and 2-0 win at Providence in the 2007 BIG EAST Tournament opener.
UC has allowed just three goals in six home matches this season and has shut out six of the last eight opponents to play in Gettler Stadium.
Prior to the home loss against Western Michigan on Oct. 10, goalkeeper Taylor Hafling had posted six consecutive shutouts and has seven on the season. He ranks second in the BIG EAST and is in the Top 20 in the nation in saves with 60. Hafling's seven shutous are tied for the BIG EAST lead.
Regular starter at centerback Richardo Israel missed the Sept. 26 match against Cleveland State due to accumulated yellow cards. He started the first nine matches of the year. Israel returned to the starting rotation against Syracuse (Sept. 29) and played all 90 minutes.
UC remains undefeated in BIG EAST play at home this season and is 2-0-1 dating back to last season with a 0-0 draw against USF on Oct. 3 and 1-0 victories against Syracuse on Sept. 29 and St. John's on Oct. 29, 2011.
Cincinnati's win against the Panthers was the first for the Bearcats in Pittsburgh, having lost, 2-1, to the Panthers in 2006 at Founder's Field.
Under Dayes, UC has never lost to USF in Gettler Stadium, posting a 3-0-3 mark against the southern soccer power.
Senior forward Leon Powell made his first appearance of the season against Cleveland State on Sept. 26. An expected starter, Powell injured his knee in UC's exhibition finale against Michigan and missed the first nine games of the regular season. Powell recorded his first goal of the season in a 2-1 double overtime loss versus Western Michigan on Oct. 10.
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.
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).
The Glorious Return of...:
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 13 career goals to his name.
Bahner scored his first goal of the season on Sept. 2 at No. 22 Xavier and scored the game winner against Syracuse on Sept. 29.
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.
Freshman Jacob 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.
Manga tallied his first career goal in the 1-0 win at Pitt on Sept. 22. He was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Sept. 24.
Freshman defender Gabriel Robinson and freshman midfielder Jacob Martinez were named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 100 Freshmen list. Martinez came in at No. 73, while Robinson ranked No. 97.
BIG EAST/National Honors:
John Manga was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Sept. 24 after scoring his first career goal and game winner in the Bearcats 1-0 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 22 in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.
Taylor Hafling was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Sept. 17 after making 12 saves and posting shutouts against Gardner-Webb and Towson.
Cole DeNormandie was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team following the 2011 campaign. He led the Bearcats with seven goals and 15 points.
This season, freshman defender Gabriel Robinson (No. 97) and freshman midfielder Jacob Martinez (No. 73) were named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 100 Freshmen list.
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 13-32-7 against Top 25 foes since 2001, including a win against No. 1 Connecticut on Sept. 16, 2005, in Gettler Stadium.
The Bearcats are 0-3-1 against ranked teams this season, falling 3-0 to No. 12/9 Indiana on Aug. 26, 2-1 at No. 22 Xavier on Sept. 2, 3-0 at No. 12/16 St. John's on Oct. 6 and tying No. 21/20 USF 0-0 following double overtime on Oct. 3.