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Bearcats Dominate All-Ohio Women’s Soccer Team
Contact: Shawn Sell
Seven members of the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team, which advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Women’s College Cup, earned All-Ohio honors in a vote of the state’s coaches. Senior forward Ann Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest), senior goalkeeper Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) and junior defender Heather Herweh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) led the way earning first team honors. Three other Bearcats, senior midfielder Nickie Luse (Bellbrook, Ohio/Bellbrook), sophomore midfielder Tasha Wagner (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and sophomore defender Kristina Wilson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este), were named to the second team, while freshman midfielder Lisa Stephens (Union, Mo./Union) earned third team accolades. In addition, Bearcat head coach Meridy Glenn was chosen as the Ohio Coach of the Year.
Thomas was the Bearcats’ leading scorer this season, netting 11 goals and adding three assists for 25 points and was named a second team All-American for her play. In addition to being named the Most Valuable Forward at the C-USA Tournament, Thomas was one of four UC players named to the C-USA first team.
Hoffman had a record season in goal for the Bearcats, posting a school-record 14.5 shutouts and ending the season with a goals against average of 0.58, also a school best. Hoffman was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in C-USA and was voted the Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the conference tournament along with being named first team All-Great Lakes Region.
Herweh contributed on both ends of the field to the most successful season in school history. Offensively, Herweh scored a career best three goals and added four assists. She made her mark as a solid defender earning first team All-C USA honors in addition to being named second team All-Great Lakes Region.
Luse was a solid contributor in the midfield for the Bearcats, ranking fourth on the squad in scoring with four goals and three assists. Luse’s honors included a second team Scholastic All-American award and a third team All-C USA accolade.
Wagner made the most of her first year as a starter by ranking third on the team in scoring with three goals and six assists. She was also named first team All-C USA.
Wilson contributed to a Bearcat defense that shut out a school-record 15 opponents during the season. She also scored two goals en route to a spot on the C-USA second team.
Stephens started all 24 matches as a true freshman for the Bearcats, recording two goals with three assists. She also was named to C-USA’s third team and the All-Freshman squad.
Glenn earned Ohio Coach of the Year honors after leading the Bearcats to a 20-4 record and the third C-USA championship in school history. UC’s record was the best in school annals and the team advanced farther in the postseason than any previous Bearcat team.