UC, 2-1-1, welcomes Ohio State to Meyers Field for a 7 p.m. match on Friday, before heading to Bowling Green on Sunday for a intrastate battle with the Falcons. Friday marks the first time the Buckeyes will play in Cincinnati since 1995.
OVERTIME TRIVIA: With three out of the first four games going into overtime this season, the Bearcats have set a record for the most overtime matches at the beginning of a season. This is the first time since 1999 that Cincinnati has seen overtime in the first five games of a season.
The previous record was set in 1992 with the third and the fifth games going into overtime. The Bearcats record for the most overtime matches in a season is six (1996 and 1997). The most consecutive overtime matches UC has ever had was three back in 1996.
SOCCER BONUS: The overtime mania is not just on the womenís side. Combined, the UC menís and womenís teams have gone into overtime in six of seven games this season; posting one win, one loss and four ties. Of the overtime matches, two have been delayed due to weather, and one postponed, including an hour hail delay in Albuquerque, NM.
LAST TIME OUT:
SEPT. 7: UC tied Miami (OH) 2-2 in double overtime. Sophomore Lauren Buland (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) and senior Tasha Wagner (Middletown, OH/Middletown) net the Bearcat goals.
Halfway through the first half Buland drew Miami goalkeeper Leigh Terry out of the box and scored the first goal of the game.
Both Miami goals came in the first half, the first four minutes after UCís. The RedHawks went up 2-1 with 10 seconds left in the first half.
The Bearcats tied the score 20 minutes into the second half after the RedHawks committed a foul inside the box. Wagner capitalized on the free kick, blasting a shot into the goal. Although the game went into double overtime, neither team scored.
SEPT 5: UC suffered its first loss of the season to Central Michigan, 2-1 in double overtime. Freshman Becky Imhoff (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) scored the lone UC goal.
Cincinnati scored 10 minutes into the first half when Imhoff took control of the ball in the CMU box, putting UC up 1-0.
The Bearcats remained on top until six minutes into the second half. UCís best chance to win the game came at the end of the first overtime when Lisa Stephens (Union, MO/Union) passed the a ball to Tasha Wagner, whose shot hit the post.
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 is the top returning scorer, posting four goals and 10 assists.
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.
THE SERIES with OHIO STATE: Cincinnati has met Ohio State eight times in the past, with UC leading the series 7-1.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes return eight starters and 16 letterwinners from last seasonís 10-11-1 squad. OSU is 3-0 this season after besting No. 6 Virginia 1-0 on September 5.
THE LAST MEETING: UC posted a 1-0 victory over Ohio State on the road in 2002.
UC scored the game's only goal when Amy Simonson gathered a loose ball and passed it to Tianna Oliver at the top of the penalty box. Oliver put a move on one defender and let a left-foot shot rip into the top corner of the net.
Ohio State dominated the second half of play, outshooting UC 11-0, but was unable to score. The Buckeyes threatened 17 minutes into the second half when UC goalkeeper Tracy Hale (Westerville, OH/Westerville) robbed OSU. Hale made seven saves on the way to her 11th shutout of the season.
THE SERIES WITH BOWLING GREEN: Cincinnati has met Bowling Green only once, with UC winning 2-0 at home last season. This will be the first match between the two schools at Bowling Green.
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons return 10 starters and 16 letterwinners from last seasonís 12-8-2 squad. The Falcons have had a rocky start to the 2003 season, losing its first four games.
THE LAST MEETING: UC recorded its third shutout in as many games with a 2-0 victory over Bowling Green at home on October 8, 2002.
The Bearcats got things started in the ninth minute when Lisa Stephens slid a beautiful pass through two Bowling Green defenders. Amy Simonson collected the pass and beat Falcons' goalkeeper Erika Flanders for the game's first goal.
Both teams fought hard in the second half, but it was Cincinnati that netted the lone goal. Stephens took a pass from Tianna Oliver on an indirect kick and shot a line drive into the bottom corner of the net, making the score 2-0.
UC's defense held Bowling Green to two shots in the second half and six for the game. Tracy Hale (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville South) made three saves to record her fourth shutout of the season.