Bearcats Travel To No. 5/9 Notre Dame

Sept. 23, 2010

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The Games:

  • Cincinnati will travel to No. 5/9 Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 24, for a 7:30 p.m. match and then return to Gettler Stadium for a 1 p.m. match against DePaul on Sunday, Sept. 26.
  • Both matches are BIG EAST Conference contests.
  • Notre Dame is the third ranked opponent the Bearcats have played this season. UC is 1-1-0 vs. ranked opponents this season.

Storylines and Notes:

  • After starting the season unbeaten in its first six games for the first time in school history, UC is now 6-2-1 overall and 0-1-0 in BIG EAST Conference action.
  • UC was ranked No. 19 and No. 15 in the Soccer America Women’s Top 25 poll earlier this season, the first time since the 2002 season that UC cracked the Top 25.
  • No. 16/23 Louisville was UC’s second ranked opponent this season. The Bearcats won at No. 20 Wisconsin, 1-0 on Aug. 29 and lost at Louisville, 3-1.
  • Head coach Michelle Salmon is 24-19-5 in her three seasons at UC and is four wins away from her 100th career win (96-81-19) during her 11 years as a head coach.

Series History:

  • The match against Notre Dame is the 12th, with the Irish holding a 9-1-1 advantage.
  • UC will look to snap a five-game losing skid against ND.
  • Cincinnati has played DePaul 14 times and has an 11-2-1 advantage.
  • The Bearcats lost at DePaul last season, 1-0.
  • The Blue Demons play at Louisville on Sept. 24.

Awards and Honors:

  • Rachel Barnette was named to Women’s Team of the Week for Monday Aug. 30 through Sunday Sept. 5 after back-to-back shutouts and six saves.
  • Kelli Pawelko was named a Primetime Performer of the Week #2.
  • Kelli Pawelko was twice named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (8/30/10 and 9/6/10).
  • Pawelko scored the game-winner against No. 20 Wisconsin on Aug. 29.
  • Rachel Barnette was twice named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (8/30/10 and 9/6/10).
  • Barnette recorded four straight shutouts, the first time since the 2008 season that a UC goalkeeper recorded four consecutive shutouts.
  • Emily Hebbeler was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (8/23/10).
  • Hebbeler scored two goals against Morehead State, her first multi-goal game and UC’s first since Sept. 13, 2009.

30 Years:

  • During the 2010 season UC will celebrate 30 seasons of varsity women’s soccer.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Bearcats will have a special evening for all former players and on Sunday, Oct. 3, all former players in attendance will be honored at halftime of the BIG EAST contest against Pittsburgh.

Depth and Firepower:

  • Head coach Michelle Salmon has noted that the 2010 squad is her deepest since she has been at UC.
  • There are 11 midfielders, nine forwards, three defenders and two goalkeepers on the roster.
  • Junior Emily Hebbeler, who was one of the team’s top scoring threats in 2009, picked up where she left off, scoring two goals in the season opener. She leads the team with four goals and nine points in 2010.
  • UC’s Logan Ballinger (MF), who missed most of last season due to an injury, scored the game-winning goal at Bowling Green.
  • Forward Kendall Loggins scored her first goal of 2010 at No. 16/23 Louisville.
  • The 2010 team captains are senior Sydney Barker, and juniors Logan Ballinger and Kay Young.

Challenging Schedule:

  • Four of UC’s opponents on the 2010 schedule were ranked in the NCAA Women’s Division I Preseason Poll.
  • Notre Dame, the second BIG EAST opponent UC will take on this year, is currently ranked  No. 5.
  • Georgetown, Illinois, and Louisville are also in the Top 25 with West Virginia receiving votes.
  • Cincinnati defeated No. 20 Wisconsin on the road, the second time in as many seasons that the Bearcats have knocked off a ranked opponent (winning 1-0 on 10/4/09 at No. 12 St. John’s).

Last Time Out:

  • Cincinnati bounced back from a two-game losing skid, defeating Xavier, 1-0.
  • The victory marked the fourth straight for the Bearcats against the Musketeers.
  • Emily Hebbeler scored her third goal of the season, scoring the game-winner om a corner kick.
  • Rachel Barnette recorded her sixth shutout of 2010

Up Next:

  • UC continues its five-game homestand, taking on West Virginia and Pittsburgh on Oct. 1 and Oct. 3, respectively.
  • The Bearcats will play the Mountaineers at 7 p.m. and the Panthers at 1 p.m.