The University of Cincinnati women?s soccer team will travel to the midwest for two C-USA matches this week. The Bearcats will be in Milwaukee, Wis. on Oct. 8 to face Marquette. UC will then head to Chicago, Ill. for an Oct. 10 match with DePaul.
LAST TIME OUT: UC dropped its fourth straight match, 2-1, against Tulane on Oct. 3
ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES: The Marquette Golden Eagles own an even 5-5-1 overall record, and a 1-1-1 record in conference play.
Sophomore forward Alison Loughrin was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 3 following her three-goal match on Oct. 1 against Charlotte. She leads the Golden Eagles with four goals on the season.
Markus Roeders (UNC Ashville) is in his ninth season as the head coach at Marquette. Under his watch, the Golden Eagles have produced a 126-50-15 record.
UC-MARQUETTE SERIES: The Bearcats own a 9-7-1 record against Marquette. The Golden Eagles won last season?s match, 2-0. The two squads squared off in 1980 in the Bearcats? first ever match, with UC winning, 7-0.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEMONS: The DePaul Blue Demons, with an overall record of 5-6-1, 1-3-1 in C-USA, play host to UC looking to stop a four-match winless streak.
Lea Hill has netted eight goals for the Blue Demons, good for fourth in C-USA. Erin Walter has dished out six assists, leading the conference.
Head coach John Wilson (Western Washington ?93) holds a 38-47-5 overall record in his fifth season with the Blue Demons.
UC-DE PAUL SERIES: Cincinnati holds a spotless 8-0-0 mark against DePaul all-time. The Bearcats defeated the Blue Demons by a 1-0 score last season.
WINNING WHEN IT COUNTS: Though the Bearcats hold only a slight edge in the all-time series against Marquette, UC has won the matches that mattered most. Cincinnati has defeated Marquette in four of five C-USA Tournament Final meetings. The Bearcats won conference tournament crowns in 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2002 by defeating the Golden Eagles, dropping only a hard-fought, 1-0 match in double overtime in 2000.
BABY BEARCATS: A gang of young newcomers has made its presence felt for the Bearcats this fall. True freshmen Amanda Ryan, Cara Alldred, and Andrea Haney, along with redshirt freshman Rachel Epps and sophomore first-year player Ana Farmer have combined to score five of the Bearcats? six goals this season. Alldred and fellow frosh Gigi Ernst have started each match, while Ryan and Haney have started six apiece. True freshman goalkeeper Jen Doerflein has made three appearances, including two starts, leading the team in goals against average. The influx of young talent portends a bright future for Bearcat women?s soccer.
HALE SHUTS ?EM OUT: With her 2-0 shutout win against Evansville on Sept. 12, senior goalkeeper Tracy Hale moved into fifth place on the all-time shutout list with 13.5. She is 7.5 shutouts away from Julie Williams (1981-84).
GLENN NUMBER 10: Head coach Meridy Glenn currently ranks 10th in overall victories as a Division I head coach with 237. Her .611 (237-146-28) winning percentage in 21 seasons ranks 33rd all-time amongst Division I mentors.
C-USA POLL: The Bearcats have been picked to finish seventh in a preseason poll of Conference USA?s coaches. UAB, the 2003 regular season champions, has been selected to repeat, followed by Saint Louis, DePaul and Marquette.
UP NEXT: The Bearcats return home to start a season-long four match homestand beginning with a non-conference matchup against local rival Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. UC then welcomes Louisville to Gettler Stadium on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.