THIS WEEK: The Bearcats take a break from Conference USA play for non-league contests with Butler and Toledo. UC will host Butler on Thursday, Oct.4 at 7 p.m., before heading north to Toledo, for a Sunday, Oct. 7 match at 2 p.m.
ABOUT BUTLER: Butler slipped to 7-3 following a 3-1 defeat to Xavier. Three players lead a strong offensive attact for the Bulldogs. Junior Amy Morrison has scored six goals and added nine assists while junior Martha Gudiel has added eight goal and an assist for 17 points and sophomore Krista Rott has tacked on three markers and four assists.
ABOUT TOLEDO: Toledo holds a 4-3-1 record on the season following it?s most recent win over Northern Illinois. Sophomore Melissa Lesage is the leader for the Rockets, as she has netted four goals and added two assists. Junior Corrie Hasenjager, the school?s all-time leading scorer, has added three markers and two assists.
LAST WEEK: UC posted C-USA wins over UAB and Memphis. Senior Ann Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) continued her hot play against UAB, notching two more goals. Thomas? two scores give her a toal of five in the last four matches, all UC victories. In the win over Memphis, sophomore Tasha Wagner (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and freshman Lisa Stephens (Union, Mo./Union) scored goals, while senior Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) recorded her fifth shutout of the year. Hoffman was also credited with half a shutout against South Florida
GLENN REACHES 200: Bearcat head coach Meridy Glenn joined the 200 coaching victory plateau in UC?s win over Memphis on Sunday. Glenn becomes the ninth coach and first woman in Division I women?s soccer history to reach 200 wins.
BEARCATS RANKED IN REGION: The Bearcats are ranked No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region in the latest poll released by Soccerbuzz.com. Illinois, who was ranked No. 3 last week, dropped two consecutive matches to fall from the top 10. Notre Dame continues to lead the region, with Marquette ranked second. The Bearcats trail Indiana, who handed UC a 1-0 loss on Aug. 31.
STINGY ON DEFENSE: Through the first nine matches of the season, the Bearcats have allowed just three goals, two of which resulted in 1-0 defeats. The previous low mark for goals allowed in the first nine contests of a season is five, recorded in 1996. That team went on to allow 20 goals on the year en route to a 15-5-3 record.
HOFFMAN MOVING UP OTHER LISTS TOO: Besides being ranked number two in C-USA annals in shutouts, Christy Hoffman is making her way to the top of several other conference lists as well. This season, Hoffman has moved past Mo Bothwell into second place on the all-time career saves list. Hoffman currently has 311 stops, to 288 for Bothwell. Barring a complete defensive collapse by the Bearcats in the second half of the year, Hoffman probably won?t take over the top spot. That distinction belongs to former DePaul keeper Kelly Kaiser, who recorded 664 saves from 1996-99. Besides saves and shutouts, Hoffman is also poised to move into the number two slot in minutes played. Hoffman must play just 20 more minutes this season to pass Kaiser for the number two spot. On top of the charts is Bothwell, who compiled 7884 minutes of play from 1997-2000.
HOFFMAN SHUTTING THEM OUT: After shutting out Memphis, Christy Hoffman continues her ascent of the UC and C-USA lists for career shutouts. Hoffman has 24 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.
SIMONSON HEATING UP: After missing the first two matches of the year with a sprained ankle, senior Amy Simonson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) is starting to heat up. Simonson is on a personal three-match streak with a point in each contest. Simonson is already nearing her career high for assists in a season, five set last year.
THOMAS HAVING CAREER YEAR: With five goals and an assist in the first nine matches, Ann Thomas is well on her way to a career year. Thomas has already matched her career total in goals just this season, with her five markers. Prior to this year, Thomas? best season as a collegiate came last year when she tallied three goals and eight total points.
OTHER BEARCATS TURNING UP THE HEAT: Two other Bearcats, Tasha Wagner and junior Heather Herweh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) have also matched their previous season-best for points in a season, with half the season still remaining. Wagner?s seven points match the number she recorded last season, while the five points Herweh has recorded better her total of three from a year ago.
BEARCAT FIRSTS: Two freshmen, Lisa Stephens and Marie Strelka (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) both tallied career firsts on the Bearcats final goal against Memphis. The goal scored by Stephens was the first of her collegiate career, while Strelka picked up career assist number one on the play.