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Women’s Soccer To Open Spring Season
Contact: Shawn Sell
Cincinnati, Ohio. -- The defending Conference USA champion Cincinnati women’s soccer team will open it’s spring season on Saturday with two matches at UC’s Meyers Field. The Bearcats will welcome Illinois and Miami (OH) to town for their spring opener. UC will square off with Illinois at 10 a.m. and will play Miami at 4:30 p.m. Miami and Illinois will battle in the remaining game of the day at 3 p.m.
Cincinnati enters the spring ready to build on the momentum of last fall’s NCAA Round of 16 Tournament appearance. Seven starters from last year’s team, including all-conference first team performers Heather Herweh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) and Tasha Wagner (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown). The Bearcats will have to begin the process of replacing All-American forward Ann Thomas and Christy Hoffman, the most decorated goalkeeper in school history. In addition, UC has holes to fill in the midfield and at defender, with the losses of Nickie Luse and Lisa Day.
The Bearcats will be bolstered by the return of Amy Simonson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton), the team’s second-leading scorer from a year ago, who will return for her fourth season of eligibility, despite being slated to graduate this summer.
“We are looking to start where we left off last fall,” said Bearcat head coach Meridy Glenn. “We worked hard in the winter and it will be nice to see that on the field. This weekend will be a good measure to see where we are. It will be nice to play good competition.”
Cincinnati will face stiff challenges in both of their weekend contests, as both Illinois and Miami qualified for the NCAA Tournament last fall. Illinois concluded it’s season with a 12-8-1 record after falling to Syracuse in the first round of the tournament. Miami proved to be a surprise team in the NCAA’s, upseting West Virginia in the first round before falling to Dayton and ending the campaign with a 15-7-1 record. Cincinnati will be looking to avenge a 1-0 loss to the RedHawks from last September.