Women's Soccer Home Opener Set For Sunday

Aug. 25, 2012

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Setting the Scene:
• Cincinnati opens the home portion of its schedule with a 1 p.m. Sunday contest versus Northeastern at Gettler Stadium.

Series Histories:
• Cincinnati and Northeastern will be playing for the second time Sunday.
• In their first meeting on Aug. 30, 2009, the Huskies defeated the Bearcats 2-0 in Boston, Mass.

Rose Named Rookie of the Week:
• Freshman forward Laura Rose was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week on Aug. 20.
• The 5-foot-1 Cincinnati native scored her first collegiate goal in UC's season opener at Elon. She turned around two days later and scored a pair of goals at N.C. State to lead the Bearcats to a 3-1 win.
• Her three goals and six points are tied for the BIG EAST lead through the season's first weekend.

Youth and Experience:
• Five sophomores on the roster started at least 12 matches in 2011 as true freshmen. Four of the five started all 19 matches.
• Sophomore forward Mackenzie Grause led the Bearcats in points (6 goals, 3 assists).
• Sophomore goalkeeper Kristina Utley finished second in the BIG EAST Conference in total saves with 91 last season.
• Six freshmen on the roster are expected to play significant minutes, with as many as four in the starting lineup.

Hitting the Century Mark:
• UC head coach Michelle Salmon recorded her 100th career win Aug. 26, 2011 after UC defeated Northwestern University 2-1 during the Northwestern Tournament at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.

Up Next For the Bearcats:
• UC plays pair of home matches next week to round out a three-game homestand.
• Eastern Kentucky comes to Gettler Stadium on Friday, Aug. 31 for a 7 p.m. contest.
• Big Ten Conference foe Nebraska visits Clifton for a 1 p.m. match Sunday, Sept. 2.

Record-Setting Attendance:
• Last season, UC ranked 62nd in attendance out of 375 NCAA Division I programs with an average crowd of 619.
• The Bearcats played in front of a sold out crowd of 1,400 at Gettler Stadium on Sept. 18, 2011 vs. Notre Dame, the first sell out in Gettler history.
• Cincinnati's match vs. Xavier on Aug. 21, 2012 drew a crowd of 1,262, which previously was the Gettler Stadium record for a women's soccer match.