Oct. 4, 2007
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OPENING KICK: The Bearcats take to the road in search of their first BIG EAST win of the season. Cincinnati will travel to Founders Field to take on the University of Pittsburgh on Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. UC will then make the trip to Morgantown to face the defending American divison champion West Virginia Mountaineers, on Oct, 7 for a 1 p.m. start. The road trip marks the longest the Bearcats will be away from home this season. After completing the three-match road swing, the Bearcats arrive home to play four straight BIG EAST matches.
Erin MacDonald leads the Bearcats with 13 points (4 G, 5 A) through ten matches. Last year, Becky Imhoff led UC with eight points (4 G) for the entire season.
Six different Bearcats have scored this season, including the first career tallies for sophomore Melissa Bigg and freshmen Logan Ballinger and Kendall Loggins.
Head coach Meridy Glenn picked up her 250th career victory on Aug. 31 in UC's 2-1 double overtime win against Xavier. She is 16th all-time in wins among Division I women's soccer coaches and holds a 252-180-35 overall mark.
Goalkeeper Andrea Kaminski is third in the BIG EAST in saves, turning away 49 shots in 10 games and ranks fourth in saves per game, averaging 4.90.
UC was picked to finish seventh in the National Division in the BIG EAST preseason coaches poll.
LAST TIME OUT:
Notre Dame 6 Cincinnati 1
Defending BIG EAST Champion Notre Dame was too much for the Bearcats to handle, as five different Irish players notched a goal. It was the hightest goal output the Irish have scored this season, and the most Cincinnati has allowed since the Fighting Irish tallied seven goals in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. For the Bearcats, Melissa Bigg scored her fourth goal of the year in the second half, cutting the score to 4-1. The loss dropped Cincinnati to 3-6-1 and 0-3 in conference play.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS:
Ashley Habbel leads Pittsburgh in points with 11 (4G, 3A), which is tied for ninth in the BIG EAST. Habbel also has notched three game winning goals this season, tied for tops in the conference.
Cincinnati will be the fifth team Pittsburgh has played from the state of Ohio. The Panthers have not lost this season when playing an opponent from the Buckeye state.
Goalkeeper Allison Finch has recorded three shutouts and has turned away 45 shots, tied for fourth in the conference.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS:
The Mountianeers are led by the forwards Ashley Banks (6G, 4A) and Deana Everett (5G, 6A). Both have 16 points on the year, which ranks them tied for second in the BIG EAST.
West Virginia leads the BIG EAST in shots per game averaging 19.30 attempts.
Mallory Beck is allowing on average one goal per contest while stopping about 2.90 shots per game.
STRONG START FOR FRESHMEN:
Cincinnati freshmen Logan Ballinger and Kendall Loggins have seen significant time each of the first 10 matches of 2007, making an immediate impact. Ballinger scored her first career goal in the 89th minute against Xavier, knotting the score and sending the match into overtime. Loggins leads the Bearcats with 19 shots through 10 matches and is third on the team in scoring (2G 3A). Vanessa Hardin, Emily Hebbeler, Camille Royer and Shauna Smith have each seen action early in 2007, with Hardin assisting on the game winner against Xavier.
Sophomore Melissa Bigg is tied for the team lead with four goals after her tally against Notre Dame on Sept. 30. The Ontario native has started all but one match and ranks second on the squad with eight points.
The Bearcats open a four-match BIG EAST homestand, welcoming Seton Hall and Rutgers to Gettler Stadium. UC and the Pirates kick off on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., while the Bearcats and Scarlet Knights hit the pitch on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.