UC Women To Host Illinois In Exhibition Match

Aug. 18, 2005

BEARCATS WELCOME ILLINOIS: The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team will welcome 2004 Elite Eight qualifier Illinois to Gettler Stadium on Aug. 19. The Bearcats and Illini will kickoff at 3 p.m.

BEGIN WITH A WIN: The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team opened its preseason schedule on Aug. 16, defeating rival Miami (Ohio), 1-0. Senior Lauren Buland scored the lone goal off of an assist from Marie Strelka. Freshman goalkeeper Brittany Hansen recorded her first collegiete shutout in goal.

ABOUT THE BEARCATS: The Bearcats are coming off of a disappointing 4-14-0 season and enter their first campaign as a member of the BIG EAST Conference.

UC will be led by junior midfielder Becky Imhoff, a 2004 All-Ohio selection. Imhoff scored one goal and assisted on another in starting all 18 matches last year.

Meridy Glenn, the second-winningest female coach in NCAA women's soccer history, enters her 22nd year leading the Bearcats. Glenn holds a 239-154-28 overall record and is 0-1-0 in her career against Illinois.

SCOUTING THE ILLINI: The University of Illinois women's soccer team is ranked 13th in the NSCAA/Adidas preseason national poll. The Illni are coming off of their first trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2004.

The Illini will be led by junior Jessica Bayne, who started 22 matches in 2004, scoring eight goals and accumulating 19 points.

Head coach Janet Rayfield is in her fourth year at Illinois, leading the Illini to the 2004 Elite Eight. She holds a 41-21-5 record and is 1-0 against UC in her career.

UC-ILLINOIS SERIES HISTORY The Illini hold a 1-0-0 advantage in the series. The two sqauds met in 2002, with Illinois claiming a 3-0 win in Champaign.

BEARCATS WELCOME TWO NEW COACHES: Head coach Meridy Glenn brought in two new assistant coaches to help with the transistion to the BIG EAST Conference. Former Bearcat assistant (2001-2002) Becki Poeppelmeier rejoins the staff after a two year hiatus. Stefani Workman, a former goalkeeper at Morehead State, was brought aboard to work with the keepers.

SOCCER TO HOST KICKOFF BBQ: To celebrate the University of Cincinnati's inaugural season in the BIG EAST Conference, the Bearcat soccer teams will be hosting a "Kick Off BBQ" on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. in Gettler Stadium.

The event will be catered by Funky Lazy Gourmet Catering and will feature UC coaches and players handing out prizes and signing autographs. The meal is open to the public and costs just $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 12 and under.

UC PICKED EIGHTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Cincinnati was selected eighth in the BIG EAST's Division B by the conference's coaches in the annual preseason poll. Defending national champion Notre Dame was unanimously selected to win Division B, while BIG EAST power Connecticut was tabbed as the Division A favorite.

SISTER, SISTER: Two pairs of siblings populate the UC roster in 2005. Redshirt sophomore Amy May welcomes her sister, freshman Kristin to the team while sophomore Andrea Haney is joined by her sister, junior transfer Heather.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Bearcats will square off against six 2004 NCAA College Cup qualifiers during the 2005 regular season. The home opener pits UC vs. defending Colonial Athletic Association champ William & Mary. The Bearcats will take on two in-state rivals and NCAA squads in Ohio State and Dayton at the Dayton Invitational.

During the BIG EAST season, UC will travel to Connecticut, defending national champion Notre Dame and Villanova, all College Cup qualifiers.

2005 SPRING WRAPUP: The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team concluded its spring season with a 2-6-1 record taking on both Division I and club team opponents. After a disappointing 2004 season, the Bearcats used the spring as a time to regroup and work on the team's chemistry as they enter the BIG EAST Conference in 2005.

The Bearcats saw strong performances during the spring from veterans Marie Strelka and Lauren Buland. Strelka lead the Bearcats with five goals while Buland contributed with a number of assists and the flexibility to play anywhere on the field.

The spring season also previewed what is to come in the fall from the Bearcats' younger members. Each showed great improvement and skill from the fall season, foreshadowing further growth over the summer training period.

UP NEXT: Cincinnati will open its regular season schedule with a home match against 2004 NCAA-qualifier William & Mary on Friday, Aug. 26. Kickoff in Gettler Stadium is set for 7 p.m.