Bearcats Open BIG EAST Play Against Rival Louisville

Sept. 14, 2005

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        The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team will open its inaugural BIG EAST season against long-time rival Louisville on Sept. 15 at Gettler Stadium.  The Cardinals and Bearcats will kickoff at 7 p.m.



• UC and Lousiville have met 21 times on the soccer field, UC's second-longest rivalry.  UC has dominated the series, leading 17-3-1. 

• The Bearcats have scored seven goals in six matches this season.  UC scored just 11 goals in 18 matches in 2004.

Andrea Haney and Jenn Johannigman lead the Bearcats with two goals apiece. 

• Goalkeeper Sherry Slye's two shutouts this season have doubled her career total .


ABOUT THE BEARCATS:                   

        Cincinnati improved to 2-2-2 with a win and a tie on the road last weekend.  On Sept. 9, the Bearcats managed a 1-1 tie at Kentucky, despite being outshot, 22-3.  Goalkeeper Sherry Slye made seven saves, including four in the overtime periods, to keep the Bearcats alive.  Andrea Haney scored her second goal in as many matches off a corner kick in the 63rd minute.  It was UC's second tie of the season after not posting a tie during the 2004 campaign.

        On Sept. 11, the Bearcats earned a 1-0 victory at Central Michigan.  Kate Norton netted the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 28th minute.  Slye was big again, posting her second shutout of the year. 

        The Bearcats are led offensively by Haney and freshman Jenn Johannigman, each of whom have tallied two goals.  Haney is UC's top returning scorer from 2004, when she netted two goals.  Norton and Chelsea Kindschuh have contributed one goal and one assist apiece from their midfield positions.  Slye holds a 1.09 goals against average and has made 18 saves.

        Head coach Meridy Glenn, in her 23rd year with the Bearcats, holds a241-156-30 ledger during her tenure.  She is 17-3-1 agaist Louisville, but has lost the last two meetings between the rivals.



        The Louisville Cardinals, entering their first season of BIG EAST play, will head to Cincinnati with a 5-1-0 record.  The Cardinals topped Murray State, 1-0, on Sept. 7 and followed that with a 5-0 stomping of Western Kentucky on Sept. 11.  The Cardinals are outscoring their opponents, 13-2, this season and have outshot foes, 95-57.  Monique Gjini leads Louisville with three goals, two assists, and eight points.  The Cardinals also boast three other regulars who have scored at least twice in Shannon Smyth, Jamie Craft and Liz Kinny.  Deana Waintraub leads the BIG EAST with a 0.20 goals against average.  She is also tops in the league with four shutouts and a .933 save percentage.  

        Head coach Karen Ferguson is in her sixth seaosn at the helm of the Cardinal program.  She holds a 34-56-6 record overall and is 2-3-0 against Cincinnati during her stint at U of L. 



        Louisville is UC's second-oldest rival after cross-town foe Xavier.  The Bearcats and Cardinals have met 21 times, while UC and Xavier have battled on 22 occassions.  UC leads the Louisville series, 17-3-1, but the Cardinals have won the last two meetings.  Cincinnati owns unbeaten streaks of eight and 10 matches in the series.  The teams first met in 1984, with UC easily outdistancing Louisville, 10-0.    



        The Bearcats were chosen to finish eighth in the BIG EAST's Division B in a preseason poll of the BIG EAST head coaches.  Defending national champ Notre Dame was unanimously selected to capture the Division B crown, while Connecticut was tabbed as the Division A favorite. Fellow NCAA qualifiers West Virginia and Villanova were selected to finish second in Divisions A and B, respectively.



        Bearcat goalkeeper Sherry Slye holds a 1.09 goals against average this season through six matches.  In her last 11 matches dating back to last season, Slye has guided the Bearcats to a 4-5-2 record, while posting 49 saves (4.45 per match), three shutouts and a stellar 0.89 goals against average.



        Five freshmen have started each  of the first six matches for the Bearcats.   Forwards Jenn Johannigman and Kristin May, along with midfielders Chelsea Kindschuh and Lindsey Noteboom earned starting nods.  Defender Kim Sykes also started each match along the backline for the Bearcats.  Johannigman leads UC with two goals and four points.  Kindschuh is tied for third on the team with one goal and one assist for three points.  Sykes scored the game winner in UC's 1-0 victory against Michigan State on Aug. 28.  May and Noteboom have each picked up one assist on the season.



        Since 1984, the Bearcats and Cardinals have met 21 times.  UC is 17-3-1 in those contests.  The Bearcats have outscored Louisville, 88-7, during the rivalry, scoring an average of 4.2 goals per match.  Between 1984 and 1992, UC was 8-0-0 against U of L, holding a 60-2 edge in goals scored.  UC also posted a 10-match unbeaten streak between 1994 and 2002, posting a 9-0-1 record. 



        UC has managed ties against two undefeated squads this season, knotting up then-No. 10 Ohio State, 2-2, and playing 3-0-1 Kentucky to a draw.  Both matches were away from Gettler Stadium. 



        Through six matches this season, the Bearcats have scored seven goals.  In 2004, UC scored a total of 11 goals in 18 matches.  The Bearcats were shutout 11 times in 2004.  They have yet to be shutout this season.  



        Sophomore Andrea Haney leads the Bearcats with two goals this season, matching her total from her freshman campaign.  The leading returning scorer from 2004, Haney has picked up where she left off, leading the squad with four points and tying for second with seven shots. 



        The Bearcats sport a pair of siblings on their 2005 roster.  Redshirt sophomore Amy May is joined by her sister, freshman Kristin.  Sophomore Andrea Haney, the team's leading returning scorer, welcomes her sister, Heather, a junior transfer from Indiana University.



        The Bearcats face one of the most difficult schedules in the country in 2005, the team's first year in the BIG EAST Conference.  UC will play six NCAA College Cup qualifiers, including defending national champion Notre Dame.  The majority of those contests come on the road, making things even more difficult for UC.  A look at UC's toughest competition in 2005:


      Date      Team                           `04 Rec./'05 Result

      8/26      William & Mary                                     L, 1-2

      9/2         vs. Ohio State                             T, 2-2 (2 ot)

      9/4         at Dayton                                               L, 1-2

      9/23      at Notre Dame                                    25-1-1

      9/30      at Connecticut                                    18-7-1

      10/7      at Villanova                                         14-6-2



                UC will welcome another bitter rival when Xavier heads to Gettler Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 20.  The Bearcats will then travel to South Bend, Ind. on Sept. 23 for a matchup with Notre Dame, the defending NCAA champions.  UC and the Irish will kick off at 6 p.m. ET.