Women's Soccer Continues Road Trip
Bearcats Look To Bounce Back From First Loss Of The Season
Contact: Steve Vockell
Weekly Release 4
This Week: The University of Cincinnati women?s soccer team returns to the road with matches at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Minnesota. The Bearcats face off with UW-Milwaukee on Fri., Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. before facing the Gophers on Sun., Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. CT. UC is looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season at Illinois.
About Wisconsin-Milwaukee: The Panthers won their first match of the season this past weekend with a 3-1 victory against Long Beach State at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup in West Lafayette, Ind. UW-Milwaukee also played to a 1-1 tie with Buffalo over the weekend to move to 1-2-1 on the season.
About Minnesota: The Gophers defeated Colorado, 3-2, and Southwest Missouri State, 3-0, last week to improve their record to 3-1 on the season. Rachel Roth and Amanda McMahon both have seven points on the season with both players scoring three goals and adding one assist a piece.
Recent Matches: The Bearcats went 1-1 versus Big Ten competition last week. Cincinnati opened its first week in the rankings at No. 25 with a 3-1 victory over Indiana. Senior Amy Simonson (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Princeton) scored a goal in her third consecutive game while juniors Tasha Wagner (Middletown, Ohio/ Middletown) and Ashley Murphy (Toledo, Ohio/ Sylvania Northview) added goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Tracy Hale (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville South) recorded seven saves in the win.
UC lost its first match of the 2002 season with a 3-0 loss at Illinois. The fighting Illini scored one minute into the game and with four seconds left in the half as Illinois went on to outshoot the Bearcats 24-3.
UC Picked Second In C-USA 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 the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the Bearcats are tied at No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region with Purdue. Michigan is ranked No. 1 in the region, followed by Notre Dame and Kentucky.
About Coach Glenn: Meridy Glenn (Brown, ?80) is in 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 215-124-24. 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 started the season 3-0 for the third time in school history before falling for the first time at Illinois. Amy Simonson leads the team in scoring with six points. Simonson opened the season with a goal in each of UC?s first three matches. Tasha Wagner is second on the team in points with five including three assists. Four Bearcats are tied for third on the team points list with two a piece. Senior Heather Herweh (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Ursuline), a preseason C-USA selection anchors a defense that returns three starters from the 2001 season. Sophomore Tracy Hale is the starting goalkeeper for the Bearcats as she has played every minute of the season while recoding 17 saves and allowing five goals.
Hot Start: Senior forward Amy Simonson started the season with a goal in each of the Bearcats? first three games. Ann Thomas was the last UC player to accomplish the feat when she did it twice in the 2001 season.
New Addition: The Bearcats had a late addition to the 2002 roster. Amy Bruewer joined the team after transferring from IUPUI in the winter quarter. The Cincinnati native is expected to add more talent to an already deep Bearcat defense.