Women Wrap Up Spring Season|
May 10, 2006
CINCINNATI, Ohio-The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team concluded their 2006 spring season with a 2-2-7 record. The Bearcats lost five seniors in the fall and added two walk-ons, as well as two transfer student-athletes, during the off-season who appeared on the spring roster. UC took on challenging opponents and saw impressive teamwork throughout the season.
UC opened the spring season on February 25 as they traveled to Wilder, Ky., to participate in the Ohio Elite Tournament. The Bearcats won their first match of the day against the Ohio Elite U-17 club team, 2-0, and battled cross-town rival Xavier to a 1-1 tie in their second contest.
The Bearcats continued their spring season after a short break on April 2 as they traveled to Indiana to face both Ball State and Indiana State. UC dropped a 2-0 decision during the first to against Ball State, and ended their match against Indiana State in a 1-1 draw.
On April 8, the UC women participated in the 2006 Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Soccer Invitational at West Virginia University. The eight-team tournament was designed to increase awareness for breast cancer and raise funds for the Puskar Breast Care Center. The Bearcats first squared off against Duquesne, playing to a 0-0 draw. In the second match of the day, UC faced BIG EAST rival Pittsburgh and lost the match, 1-0. In the third and final match of the day, the Bearcats took on the Thundering Herd of Marshall, drawing their second tie of the day at 0-0. The Bearcats alone raised $750 for the center.
The spring season continued for the Bearcats as they returned home to Gettler Stadium on April 15, to host the annual Blue Chip Showcase. The Showcase featured UC, Ohio State, Louisville, and Vanderbilt. The Bearcats played the Buckeyes in the first match of the day, which ended in a 2-2 draw. In the second match up of the day, Louisville kicked off against Vanderbilt, playing to a 1-1 tie.
The women's homestand continued as they hosted the Bearcat Classic on April 23.The event featured Northwestern, Dayton, and Miami (Ohio). The Bearcats first matched up against Northwestern, earning a 2-0 win, and later took on Miami (Ohio) playing to a 0-0 draw.
Closing out the 2006 spring season, the Bearcats hosted their annual Alumni Weekend on April 29. The weekend featured a free S.A.Y. soccer clinic where children were taught soccer skills from players from both the men's and women's teams, and concluded with the annual alumni match. The current squad tied the Bearcat alums 1-1.
The Bearcats concluded the spring 2-2-7. Lindsey Noteboom lead the Bearcats in scoring with two, as teammates Becky Imhoff, Jenn Johannigman, Jessica Legge, Amy May, Kristin May, and Kim Sykes each contributed a goal each.
"In the winter we worked on our technical ability. In the spring, we have definitely worked on our tactics and our mentality. The game is a great teacher," commented head coach Meridy Glenn. "We were figuring out where we need to go, what lessons we have learned. I think we laid some really good foundation for what they wanted for the spring through training and setting goals. We accomplished a lot of those goals and played great opponents. The cool thing about this team is that they are so resilient. They are excited and they want to be part of a winning program. We're playing good soccer and we're growing. The team's job now is to keep in shape, work on their game, and stay healthy. We're going to come into the fall preseason led by great seniors and everyone wanting to win."