Women's Soccer Hosts Georgetown, Villanova

Oct. 7, 2010

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The Games:

  • Cincinnati plays its final two matches of 2010 at Gettler Stadium on Friday, Oct. 8, in a 7 p.m. match against Georgetown and in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, Oct. 10, against Villanova.
  • The Villanova match will be the final home contest for UC seniors Sydney Barker and Kendall Loggins. A pregame ceremony will occur to honor the two players.
  • Cincinnati won its final home match last season, 4-0, vs. Seton Hall.

Storylines and Notes:

  • After starting the season unbeaten in its first six games for the first time in school history, UC is now 7-5-1 overall and 1-4-0 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.
  • Head coach Michelle Salmon is 25-22-5 in her three seasons at UC and is three wins away from her 100th career win (97-85-19) during her 11 years as a head coach.

Series History:

  • The match against Georgetown is the sixth time the two teams have played. Georgetown owns a 4-1 advantage over the Bearcats.
  • The last time Cincinnati defeated the Hoyas was a 1-0 victory in at Gettler Stadium in 2006.
  • Cincinnati and Villanova have met six times and the Wildcats are 4-1-1 against the Bearcats. UC’s only victory against Villanova came at Gettler Stadium in 2008 (2-1).

Awards and Honors:

  • Rachel Barnette was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com 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 CollegeSoccer360.com 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.

Did You Know:

  • Sophomore Ashley Daniels got her first start in goal against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Daniels earned the win and finished with 10 saves, tying her for the second most saves in a game in the BIG EAST Conference.
  • Freshman Jazmine Rhodes scored her first collegiate goal against Pittsburgh. Classmates Alexis Scott and Katie Greer each recorded their first collegiate points, serving up assists against the Panthers.
  • Several players got their first start in a Cincinnati uniform against Pittsburgh. Sophomore transfer Liz Miller, freshmen Katie Greer and Natalie Domanic, and sophomore Ashley Daniels each made their first start on the pitch for the Bearcats against the Panthers.
  • On Friday, Oct. 1, 493 fans showed up to watch Cincinnati take on West Virginia in the Breast Cancer Awareness match - the most fans at a UC match this season and the highest total since Sept. 25, 2009 when 647 fans came to watch UC take on No. 12 Notre Dame.

Bearcat Bites:

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.
  • 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. Two matches later, against DePaul, she scored her second goal of the season.
  • 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.
  • UC is 1-2-0 against ranked teams this season, falling at No. 5/9 Notre Dame and at No. 16/23 Louisville.
  • 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).

30 Years of UC Women’s Soccer:

  • Cincinnati celebrated 30 years of varsity women’s soccer the weekend of Oct. 1-3. A special evening for all former players occured on Saturday, Oct. 2, and included over 200 guests. A special documentary video was presented detailing the progress UC women’s soccer has made over the last 30 years. On Sunday, Oct. 3, all former players in attendance were honored at halftime of the match against Pittsburgh.

Last Time Out:

  • Julie Morrissey scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute leading UC to a 2-1 victory over visiting Pittsburgh. The win was UC’s first conference victory of 2010.
  • Cincinnati got on the scoreboard first when freshman Jazmine Rhodes connected on her first collegiate goal that was assisted by classmates Katie Buczek and Katie Greer.
  • The Bearcats took a 1-0 lead into halftime and held the Panthers off until the 68th minute. Morrissey put the match away for the Bearcats when she took a pass from Alexis Scott and knocked in her ninth career game-winning goal.

Up Next:

  • UC will hit the road for the remainder of the 2010 regular season.
  • The Bearcats play at Marquette next on Friday, Oct. 15.