Sept. 11, 2013
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Cincinnati heads to face crosstown rival Xavier on Friday. The Musketeers are 3-0-1 on the year with their most notable win being Purdue. XU is led offensively by senior Ashton Green, who has two game-winning goals, and freshman Tori Doss, who leads the team with eight points (3g-2a). Junior Katie Markesberg, who has a pair of shutouts on the year, will likely be in net.
The Bearcats hold a 24-5-0 all-time record versus Xavier, including wins in the last five matches. The last time the two met was in 2011 at Gettler Stadium with UC winning 1-0.
2. The Bearcats play host to Kent State on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Flashes are 4-2-0 this season with their most notable win being College of the Charleston. One of KSU's losses came at the hand of Marshall (3-0), a team UC defeated 2-1 in an exhibition prior to the 2013 season. Senior Jessacca Gironda serves as the most potent offensive player with having a team-high two goals and leading the team in shots (20). Sophomore Stephanie Senn is the Golden Flashes' No. 1 goalkeeper. Senn has a 1.05 goals against average and a .806 save percentage on the year.
UC and KSU have never played an official game against one another, but they did square off in a friendly before the 2012 season. The exhibition ended in a 1-1 draw after Gironda netted a goal with 10 seconds remaining in the match.
3. Cincinnati has been a solid first half team as there has been only one game where the Bearcats haven't had a lead or been tied entering half time, which was at Miami (Fla.) when they were down 1-0. The total goal count favors UC, 3-2, with UMass Lowell joining the Hurricanes as the only teams to score in the first half. The remained of Cincinnati's goals allowed (13) have come in the second half with the majority (7) happening between the 53rd and 69th minute. The Bearcats have also allowed four goals in the final 10 minutes of play.
4. UC has one of the youngest starting 11 in the country as they start at least eight underclassmen each game. Depending on the goalkeeper situation, there could be as many as nine underclassmen if redshirt freshman Natalie Smith is given the nod in net. Four players (Kelly Latimer, Madison Melnick, Kayla Utley and Bailey Wilson) have logged 300 or more minutes thus far with three of them being freshmen (Melnick, Utley, Wilson).
5. Cincinnati's head coach, Neil Stafford, is in his first year at the helm. Stafford, who is the fifth head coach in program history, comes to UC after serving as the head coach at Central Michigan, where he was at the helm for two seasons and posted a record of 30-10-4. Last season, the Chippewas earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which was the first ever for the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Stafford also coached eight years at Assumption College where he became the school's all-time winningest coach with a record of 72-61-15.