THIS WEEK: The University of Cincinnati women?s soccer team opens the 2002 season on the road against crosstown rival Xavier on Fri., Aug. 30. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at Corcoran Field. The Bearcats welcome Florida to Meyers Field for their home opener on Sun., Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. The game will be the first part of a doubleheader with Cincinnati?s men?s soccer team. The men will face off with Dayton at 3:30 p.m.
ABOUT XAVIER: Head coach Ron Quinn welcomes 10 newcomers to this season?s squad. The Muskateers had a 9-8-1 overall record in 2001, including a fourth place finish and 7-3-1 in the Atlantic 10. Xavier returns A-10 second-team honoree Nicole Giesting as well as her sister, A-10 all-rookie team member, Lauren Giesting. The Bearcats hold a 16-3 all-time record against Xavier.
ABOUT FLORIDA: The Gators enter the 2002 season ranked No. 19 by Soccer Buzz Magazine with a 21-4-1 record while winning the SEC championship. Florida was ranked No. 4 at the end of the 2001 campaign. The Gators return all-SEC goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren and her .62 GAA, as well as all-SEC defender Danielle Murphy. The is the first time Cincinnati and Florida have met.
UC RANKED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL: The Univesrity of Cincinnati was picked to finish second in Conference USA this season in a poll by league coaches. Marquette was selected to win the regular season championship with Charlotte, UAB and Saint Louis rounding out the top five. The Bearcats ran the C-USA table in 2001 to take the regular season crown, finishing with a 10-0-0 record. UC also took the C-USA tournament title, defeating Marquette, 1-0, in the championship game.
MORE RANKINGS: According to Soccer Buzz Magazine, the Bearcats are ranked No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region. Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 in the region, while fellow C-USA member Marquette is ranked No. 3, behind Michigan
PRESEASON: The Bearcats defeated Evansville, 2-0, in their lone preseason match. UC received goals from juniors Amy Mink and Tasha Wagner. Sophomore Tracy Hale and junior Marche Gendrew combined for the shutout.
ABOUT COACH GLENN: Meridy Glenn (Brown, ?80) is entering her 20th season as head coach of the Bearcats. In 2001, Glenn became the ninth Division I women?s soccer coach, and first woman, to reach the 200 win plateau. She is by far the winningest women?s soccer coach in school history with a career mark of 213-123-24. Glenn is the third coach in the history of the UC program which dates back to 1980. Glenn came to UC after serving as an assistant coach at Brown University for two years.
ABOUT THE BEARCATS: Cincinnati will be out to continue the success it saw in 2001, a season in which the Bearcats posted a school-best 20 wins, went undefeated in C-USA play with a 10-0 mark and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. UC returns seven starters from that team including pre-season all-C-USA selections Heather Herweh (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Ursuline) and Tasha Wagner (Middletown, Ohio/ Middletown). Herweh, a senior, anchors a defense that also returns senior Stacey Kyser (Columbus, Ohio/ Bishop Watterson) and junior Kristina Wilson (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Glen Este). Wagner, a junior, also has two starters returning with her at the midfield position in junior Rachel Lieberman (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Walnut Hills) and sophomore Lisa Stephens (Union, Mo./ Union). Entering her 20th season as the head coach, Meridy Glenn will have the tough task of replacing C-USA Co-Defensive Player of the Year Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/ McAuley), who recorded a school-record 33 shutouts over her career. Looking to fill the void left by Hoffman will be a trio of keepers. Sophomore Tracy Hale (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville South) saw the most minutes during spring practice but she will have tough competition with junior Marche Gendrew (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Roger Bacon), who sat out last season with an injury, and newcomer Sherry Slye (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Roger Bacon).
BEARCAT CAPTAINS: Three seniors were voted captains by their teammates for the 2001 season. The 2001 captains are Heather Herweh, Stacey Kyser and Amy Simonson.
NEW SEASON: The University of Cincinnati women?s soccer team enters its 23nd season of play with an all-time record of 248-133-24. Over the past 22 seasons, the Bearcats own a record of 16-6 in their first match of the year. Their record in the first home contest of the year is 15-6-1.