Bearcats to Clash with Eastern Kentucky and St. Francis
Sept. 4, 2014

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The University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team remains at home this weekend as they host Eastern Kentucky and Saint Francis.

The Bearcats (2-1-1) welcome Eastern Kentucky (2-1-0) to Gettler Stadium on Friday night for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff. The Colonels opened the season with a pair of wins, but they come to Cincinnati after losing 1-0 on the road against Evansville.

Sunday’s match will feature Saint Francis (0-4-0) with a 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Last season, the Red Flash won the Northeast Conference and received their second NCAA Tournament bid. They ended up losing to Virginia in the opening round of the tournament.

Both matches can be watched live on BearcatsTV, which features nearly all of UC’s Olympic sporting events.  Fans can purchase a monthly subscription for $9.95 or a year-long subscription for $99.95.

Dating back to last season, the Bearcats last 14 games have ended in a draw or been decided by one goal, including all four games this season. Of those 14 games, eight of them have gone into overtime with UC’s record in extra time being 2-4-2.

Katy Couperus ended the 2013 season on a hot streak, and her nose for scoring has carried over to this season. Through four games, the sophomore has eight points (three goals, two assists) and is tied for second in the conference in points and goals. Each of the last two weeks, she has been named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll.

Neil Stafford begins his second season as the Bearcats head coach this fall. Last season, he guided Cincinnati to an 8-11-1 record, which is a four win improvement from the 2012 season. It was just the fourth time in the last 10 seasons that UC tallied eight or more wins in a season and only the second time to achieve four or more league wins.

The Bearcats return eight starters from last year's squad, including its top three scorers in Jae Atkinson, Couperus and Emily Elsbrock. Last season, Elsbrock was named Second Team All-American Athletic Conference and Couperus was listed on the All-Rookie Team. Natalie Smith returns in net for Cincinnati after also being named to the All-Rookie Team.

Coach Stafford adds 16 players to the roster this fall with 13 being freshmen and the other three transferring in. All three transfers (Michelle Brownlee - Central Michigan; Devyn Ciotti - Louisville; Taylor Jackson - Miami (Ohio)) along with the incoming freshmen are expected to impact the Bearcats immediately this season.

The 2014 season marks the 35th year of UC women's soccer as a varsity sport. The program began in 1980 and is the second-oldest in Ohio to Denison University. To date, Cincinnati has an overall win-loss record of 336-255-48.