UC, 2-0, welcomes CMU to Meyers Field for a 6 p.m. match on Friday, before heading to Oxford Sunday for a intrastate battle with the RedHawks.
THE 2003 BEARCATS: Cincinnati fields a veteran team this season, returning 16 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's 17-4-3 squad.
The Bearcats made their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA College Cup after winning the C-USA Tournament. Tasha Wagner (Middletown, OH/Middletown) and Amy Mink (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) are the top returning scorers, each posting four goals each. Wagner added 10 assists while Mink had three.
The defense will be anchored by seniors Ashley Murphy (Toledo, OH/Sylvania Northview) and Kristina Wilson (Cincinnati, OH/Glen Este), while three players will battle for time in the net.
LAST TIME OUT:
SEPT. 2: Cincinnati scored two goals in less than three minutes early in the second half to lead the Bearcats to a victory over cross-town rival Xavier Tuesday, 3-1. Tasha Wagner, Lisa Stephens, and Renee Balconi net goals for the Bearcats.
Xavier took a 1-0 lead with10 seconds left in the first half, when senior Lindsay Yonadi headed a loose ball to junior Lauren Giesting, who sent it past Sophomore goalkeeper Sherry Slye (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon).
Lisa Stephens (Union, MO/Union) took a short pass from Tasha Wagner (Middletown, OH/Middletown) a little over nine minutes into the second half, and blasted it down the center of the goal past the keeper, tying the game, at 1-1.
Xavier was called for a personal foul three minutes following the UC goal, giving the Bearcats a direct kick. Wagner capitalized, sending a rocket past the wall, and into the right corner of the goal, putting UC up 2-1, a lead the Bearcats would never relinquish.
Junior Renee Balconi (Westerville, OH/Westerville North) took advantage of a corner kick by Wagner with just over six minutes left in the game, heading it past Andrea Garber for the final Bearcat goal.
AUG. 29: The Bearcats overcame the weather to defeat Toledo in the season opener Aug. 29, 2-1 in overtime.
Freshman Kate Norton (Rector, PA/ Greensburg Central) scored the first goal for UC with 5 minutes left in regulation to tie the score, and senior Tasha Wagner (Middletown, OH/ Middletown) netted the game-winner half way through overtime.
The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes due to weather. Toledo came out strong in the first half, dominating the ball, outshooting UC 4-1. The Rockets scored their lone goal on a breakaway run in the middle of the first half.
The second rain delay came with 24:13 left in the second half. Toledo was still up 1-0, and had a one shot advantage over the Bearcats.
Norton capitalized on a free kick after a Toledo yellow card, blasting it right past Molly Patterson’s hands, tying the score 1-1.
The rain got harder as overtime began. Wagner pounded a shot directly at Toledo’s goal early on, but Patterson was at the right place at the right time, and made the save.
Sophomore Lauren Buland (Indianapolis, IN/ Lawrence Central) got control of the ball as the halfway mark approached and sent a cross directly at Wagner’s feet. Breaking away from the defenders, Wagner landed a hard pass in the corner of the net, winning the season opener for Cincinnati.
THE SERIES WITH CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Cincinnati has met Central Michigan three times in the past, but none since 1982. UC leads 3-0 in the series.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas return seven starters and 10 letterwinners from last season’s 5-9-5 squad. CMU opened its season last weekend at the Northern Arizona Tournament. The Chippewas lost their first game on August 29, to UC Riverside 1-0, and tied Idaho, 1-1.
THE SERIES AGAINST MIAMI: Cincinnati has played the Miami nine times, with the Bearcats leading 5-4. The most recent meeting between the two schools came in 2001 at home, with Miami posting a 1-0 victory.
SCOUTING MIAMI: The RedHawks lost two of the top scorers in school history to graduation from last year’s 19-3-2 squad, after claiming its first regular season conference title, and third tournament crown. Miami added 10 newcomers to the roster this season, and is re-tooling with a new team. In preseason the RedHawks split their exhibition matches, and lost to Xavier in the season opener 3-1.
THE LAST MEETING: UC dropped a 1-0 match at Meyers Field in 2001.
Miami scored what would prove to be the winning goal at the 10:51 mark of the first half. RedHawk junior Andrea Cunningham took passes from Danielle Berkmeier and Danielle Altiero and fired a shot to the top right corner of the goal. Bearcat goalie Christy Hoffman got a hand on the ball but it slipped through her grasp and into the net.
The match was evenly contested throughout as the Bearcats outshot Miami 11-10. The foul count was also nearly identical as the Bearcats were whistled for 14 fouls, while the RedHawks were hit for 12 infractions.
PRESEASON PLAY: The UC women’s soccer team lost its only exhibition match of the season to the University of Kentucky, 4-0.
The Bearcats traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind. on Sunday, August 24 to face the Wildcats at the IPFW/Adidas Soccer Showcase. The game was a rematch of last season’s NCAA Tournament first round which Cincinnati won, 1-0.
A BUSY OFFSEASON: Junior midfielder Lisa Stephens (Union, MO/Union) scored the winning goal in the final match of the USASA National Tournament, to bring the Under-23 National Cup home for the Cincinnati Ladyhawks.
Seven other members of the 2003 Bearcats also played against some of the top competition in the country this summer, participating in the W-League.
Renee Balconi, Rachel Lieberman, Ashley Roush, Tasha Wagner and Kristina Wilson were all members of the TC Stars, while Tracy Hale, Amy Mink were on the Ladyhawks with Stephens.