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THIS WEEK: The Bearcats hit the road for a pair of Conference USA match-ups next weekend. The first stop for UC is at UAB on Friday, Sept. 28, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET. Cincinnati winds up the weekend trip with a match at Memphis on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. CT.
ABOUT UAB: UAB holds a 2-4 record, including a 1-1 mark in C-USA entering the match-up with the Bearcats. Paul Harbin is in his sixth season at the helm of the Blazers and is the only coach the program has had. Freshman Tara Kidwell has been the leader for UAB this season, notching three goals, while junior Adrienne Suffridge has added a goal and two assists.
ABOUT MEMPHIS: Memphis dropped to 2-4-1 overall and 0-2 in C-USA play following a 3-2 loss to Marquette. The Tigers fell behind 3-0, but two goals in the last 15 minutes by sophomore Rebecca Sparrow, cut the deficit to one. The Tigers will have a busy week as they host Vanderbilt and C-USA foe DePaul, before the Bearcats come to town on Sunday.
LAST WEEK: The Bearcats opened C-USA play with two wins, after falling, 1-0, in a non-conference match to Miami. The RedHawks’ Andrea Cunningham’s goal 10 minutes into the match provided the winning margin. Cincinnati bounced back with a 3-0 home victory over Southern Miss on Sept. 21. Senior Ann Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) recorded her first two goals of the season and senior Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) picked up her fourth shutout of the year in the win. The Bearcats continued their winning ways on Sept. 23, handing South Florida a 4-0 defeat. Senior Leah Polaski (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seven Hills), sophomore Kristina Wilson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este), Thomas and sophomore Tasha Wagner (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) all netted goals in the victory.
THOMAS NABS CONFERENCE HONOR: Ann Thomas has been named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 23. Thomas exploded for three goals and an assist in conference wins over Southern Miss and South Florida to nab the honor. The goals were Thomas’ first three of 2001 and give her eight for her career. This marks the second time in her career that Thomas has earned this award. She also picked up conference honors for the week ending October 22, 2000. During that week, Thomas stepped into the starting line-up for an injured Kim Jedlo and responded with two goals in a 5-1 win over South Florida.
BEARCATS GET REGIONAL MENTION: For the third consecutive week, the Bearcats have been in the also received votes category of the Great Lakes Region poll. UC, along with Butler, both trail No. 10 Miami, who received 3.5 votes. Notre Dame continue to lead the poll with 50 votes. The two teams that have handed UC losses this season, Indiana and Miami, are ranked No. 4 and No. 10 respectively.
STINGY ON THE DEFENSE: Through the first seven matches of the season, the Bearcats have allowed just two goals to opponents, with both goals resulting in 1-0 defeats. The previous low mark for goals allowed in the first seven contests of a season is four, recorded in 1996. That team went on to allow just 20 goals on the year en route to a 15-5-3 record.
TOO MANY ZEROES: The Bearcats have been involved in shutouts in their first seven matches of the year, coming out on top five times and falling twice. The last time UC was involved in seven straight shutouts to open the season was 1982. But the Bearcats didn’t stop at seven. An astonishing 14 consecutive matches ended with one team failing to score a goal that year. During the course of the 1982 season, 14 of the Bearcats’ 16 matches ended in shutouts, with UC winning 11 of those contests.
TWO FOR THOMAS: Ann Thomas’ two goals against Southern Miss were not only her first two of 2001, but also the first two-goal performance by a Bearcat this season. The last time a UC player notched two goals in a match was Oct. 20, 2000 when Thomas scored two against South Florida. The most recent Bearcat hat trick came on Sept. 10, 2000 when Tianna Oliver netted three against San Diego State. Thomas added another goal and an assist in the win over South Florida.
ASHLEY SQUARED: The Southern Miss match marked the 2001 debuts of junior Ashley Moore (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este) and sophomore Ashley Murphy (Toledo, Ohio/Sylvania Northview). Murphy returned after playing in 21 matches in 2000, drawing 12 starts, while Moore appeared in seven contests a season ago.
THREE-HEADED GOALIE: In the match against South Florida, three goalies, Christy Hoffman, freshman Tracy Hale (Westerville, Ohio/South) and sophomore Marche Gendew (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) combined on the rare, three-person shutout. The game was extra meaningful for Hale and Gendrew, who made their first appearances as Bearcats. The last time this rare feat happened at UC was October 19, 1997. Katrina Bennett drew the start for the Bearcats, before giving way to Hoffman, a freshman at the time. With UC comfortable ahead, 6-0, Hoffman was replaced in the line-up by Lori Weaver, making her only appearance of that season.
GLENN NEARING MILESTONE: In her 19th season as Bearcats head coach, Meridy Glenn is approaching a coaching milestone. Glenn has 198 career victories, just two away from joining an exclusive club. Only 9 NCAA Division coaches have achieved the 200 win plateau. Glenn entered the season ranked 10th all-time in coaching victories in Division I.
HOFFMAN SHUTTING THEM OUT: With 1.5 shutouts this week, Christy Hoffman continues to climb the UC and C-USA lists for career shutouts. Hoffman has 23 shutouts for her career and ranks third in UC and second in C-USA annals. Laura Kerr is the all-time UC leader with 29, while Chris Jones is in second place with 27.Former Marquette standout Mo Bothwell is the all-time conference leader with 34.5.
HOME SWEET HOME: Since Meridy Glenn took over as coach of the Bearcats in 1983, Meyers Field has been kind to the Bearcats. The Bearcats own an impressive 103-40-9 mark at home over the past 18 years.