CINCINNATI, OH -- UC, 2-3-1, welcomes TCU on Friday and Memphis on Sunday to Meyers Field for the first Conference USA action of the season. Fridayís game will begin at 7 p.m. with Sundayís game at 1 p.m. Sunday marks the first time Memphis has played in Cincinnati since 1999.
STARTERS RETURN: Cincinnati has started the season six starters short due to injury. Many of those players have now recovered, and are set to return to action this weekend.
TWO LOSSES IN A ROW: Until last weekend, UC had not lost two consecutive games in over three years. On September 3, 2000, the Bearcats lost to Georgia on the road, 4-3, and then returned home to lost to Cal-Poly SLO on September 8, 1-0. Cincinnati was 16-6-0 that year, and was runner up in the conference championship game.
OVERTIME TRIVIA: With three out of the first four games going into overtime this season, the Bearcats set a new record for the most overtime matches at the beginning of a season. This is the first time since 1999 that Cincinnati has gone into overtime during the first five games of a season.
SOCCER BONUS: Combined, the UC menís and womenís teams went into overtime in six of the first seven games this season; posting one win, one loss and four ties. Of the overtime matches, two were delayed due to weather, and one postponed, including an hour hail delay in Albuquerque, NM.
LAST TIME OUT:
SEPT. 7: The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team outshot Bowling Green 12-3, but fell to the Falcons 1-0 on Sunday.
The Bearcats dominated the entire game, with four different players combining for a dozen shots. Sophomore Lauren Buland (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) posted six, while junior Lisa Stephens (Union, MO/Union) had three, senior Tasha Wagner (Middletown, OH/Middletown) had two, and freshman Becky Imhoff (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) had one.
SEPT 5: The Bearcats dropped a 2-0 match to No. 15 Ohio State.
Cincinnatiís best chance to score came halfway through the second half. Tasha Wagner took a pass from Lauren Buland and broke away from the field, but Staci Sinkway made a diving save. The Bearcat defense added three. Five different Bearcats tallied eight total shots, with all but one on target.
THE 2003 BEARCATS: Cincinnati returns 16 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's 17-4-3 squad.
Tasha Wagner leads the team with three goals, two assists, and eight total points. Lauren Buland is second with one goal, one assist and three total points. Four other Bearcats have posted goals this season.
Seniors Ashley Murphy (Toledo, OH/Sylvania Northview) and Kristina Wilson (Cincinnati, OH/Glen Este), anchor the defense, while three players continue to battle for time in the net. Sherry Slye (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon) has recorded the most time in the net thus far, starting two games and playing in six. Tracy Hale (Westerville, OH/Westerville South) has played in two, and Marche Gendrew (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon) in one.
THE SERIES WITH TCU: Cincinnati has played TCU twice in the past. The Horned Frogs joined Conference USA in 1999, but did not play the Bearcats in conference action until last season. The two teams met previously in 1991 for nonconference play. The Bearcats were victorious both times.
SCOUTING TCU: The Horned Frogs return seven starters and 11 letterwinners from last seasonís 2-13-5 squad. TCU is off to a 2-3-1 start this season. Most recently, the Frogs tied Oklahoma, 1-1, on Friday, and lost to Baylor, 4-0, on Sunday.
THE LAST MEETING: The Bearcats posted a shutout over TCU 3-0 at home in 2002.
Rachel Lieberman gathered a loose ball in the ninth minute of the game, and blasted it passed the TCU goalkeeper from 20 yards out. Amy Simonson scored in the 36th minute when she took a cross from Tasha Wagner and placed it in the net. UC took the 2-0 lead into halftime.
Cincinnati's third tally of the night came when Tianna Oliver made a long throw in, which deflected off a TCU player and into the net. Oliver was credited with an assist on the own goal, making the score 3-0.