Women's Soccer Hosts Morehead State In Regular Season Opener

Aug. 19, 2010

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Tonight’s Game:

  • Cincinnati begins the 2010 women’s soccer regular season with a match against Morehead State at Gettler Stadium at 7 p.m.
  • The last time UC opened the season at home came in 2008 when the Bearcats defeated Bowling Green, 3-1

Season Openers:

  • Cincinnati is 21-9 in regular season openers
  • The Bearcats have outscored their opponents by a combined 74-31 in the first match of the season

Series History:

  • Today’s match is the fifth time UC has played Morehead State
  • The most recent meeting was during the 1984 season, a 10-0 victory for the Bearcats
  • UC is 4-0 against MSU and has outscored the Eagles, 23-1, in those contests

30 Years:

  • During the 2010 season UC will celebrate 30 seasons of varsity women’s soccer
  • On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Bearcats will have a special evening for all former players and on Sunday, Oct. 3, all former players in attendance will be honored at halftime of the BIG EAST contest against Pittsburgh

Depth and Firepower:

  • Head coach Michelle Salmon has noted that the 2010 squad is her deepest since she has been at UC
  • There are 11 midfielders, nine forwards, three defenders and two goalkeepers on the roster
  • Returning for UC is junior Emily Hebbeler and senior Kendall Loggins, the team’s top two scoring threats in 2009 (each scored six goals)
  • Also returning is junior Julie Morrissey, who tallied 11 points in 2009 (4g, 3a)
  • UC welcomes the return of Logan Ballinger (MF), who missed most of last season due to an injury
  • The 2010 team captains are senior Sydney Barker, and juniors Logan Ballinger and Kay Young

Challenging Schedule:

  • Four of UC’s opponents on the 2010 schedule are ranked in the NCAA Women’s Division I Preseason Poll
  • Notre Dame, the second BIG EAST opponent UC will take on this year, is ranked in the Top 10 (#4)
  • Three of the opponents ranked will be away matches for UC with the Bearcats hosting West Virginia

Last Time Out:

  • Cincinnati kicked off the 2010 season with a 2-2 tie in exhibition against visiting Ball State
  • Julie Morrissey and freshman Katie Buczek scored the UC goals
  • Nearly all of UC’s roster saw time on the field in the exhibition match

Up Next:

  • Cincinnati travels to Bowling Green for a non-conference match on Sunday, Aug. 22
  • The Bearcats will play the Falcons for the fourth time in school history in a 1 p.m. contest at Cochrane Field