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THIS WEEK: Two of the top goalies in Cincinnatiís Christy Hoffman and Saint Louisí in Conference USA history face off as the University of Cincinnati womenís soccer team returns to action against the Saint Louis Billikens. The match is slated for 7 p.m. CT start at Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS: Saint Louis is in fifth place in C-USA with a 2-2 league slate and a 5-4 overall mark. Freshman Jamie Perry leads the Billiken offense with five goals in nine matches. SLU also features one of the most talented goalies in C-USA history, junior Meghann Burke, the conferenceís preseason player of the year. The Billikens will prepare for the Bearcats with a road match at Evansville on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
LAST WEEK: The Bearcats split a pair of non-conference matches against Butler and Toledo. UC dropped a 1-0 contest to Butler, after Amy Morrison converted off a corner kick to secure the win for the Bulldogs. The loss marked the third time this season the Bearcats fell by a 1-0 count. UC bounced back at Toledo, knocking off the Rockets, 2-0. Senior Ann Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) and freshman Marie Strelka (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) netted goals for UC, who outshot Toledo 18-7 in the match. Senior Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) picked up her sixth shutout of the year, recording three saves.
BATTLE OF THE GOALIES: Fridayís match between UC and Saint Louis will feature two of the most decorated goalies in C-USA history. UCís Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) and Saint Louisí Meghann Burke rank second and third in C-USA history in shutouts. Burkeís four shutouts this season give her 24 for her career, just one behind Hoffman.
GLENN REACHES 200: Bearcat head coach Meridy Glenn joined the 200 coaching victory plateau in UCís win over Memphis on Sept. 30. Glenn becomes the ninth coach and first woman in Division I womenís soccer history to reach 200 wins. After reaching the milestone, Glenn was honored prior to the Bearcats Oct. 4 match against Butler and at halftime of the UC football game on Oct. 6.
BEARCATS RECEIVE REGIONAL MENTION: For the fourth consecutive week, the Bearcats received votes in the Great Lakes Regional coaches poll. UC has been unable to crack the top ten to this point, trailing Butler, who is No. 10 this week. Notre Dame continues to lead the poll, with Marquette and Indiana ranking second and third.
STINGY ON DEFENSE: Through the first 11 matches of the season, the Bearcats have allowed just four goals, three of which resulted in 1-0 defeats. The previous low mark for goals allowed in the first 11 contests of a season is six, 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 second 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 318 stops, to 288 for Bothwell. Barring a complete defensive collapse by the Bearcats in the second half of the year, Hoffman probably wonít take over the top spot. That distinction belongs to former DePaul keeper Kelly Kaiser, who recorded 664 saves from 1996-99. In the first half of the match against Butler, Hoffman moved past Kaiser into the number two slot in minutes played in conference history. During her three plus years at UC, Hoffman has logged 6,689 minutes in goal for the Bearcats. On top of the charts is Bothwell, who compiled 7,884 minutes of play from 1997-2000.
HOFFMAN SHUTTING THEM OUT: After shutting out Toledo, Christy Hoffman continues her ascent of the UC and C-USA lists for career shutouts. Hoffman has 25 shutouts for her career, ranking third in UC and second in C-USA annals. Laura Kerr is the all-time UC leader with 29, while Chris Jones is second with 27. Former Marquette standout Mo Bothwell is the all-time conference leader with 34.5.
THOMAS HAVING CAREER YEAR: With six goals and an assist in the first eleven matches, Ann Thomas is having a career year. Thomas has already surpassed her career total in goals just this season, topping her career total of five. Prior to this year, Thomasí best season as a collegiate came last year when she tallied three goals and eight total points.
BEARCAT FIRSTS: The goal scored by freshman Marie Strelka against Toledo was the first of her collegiate career. It seemed to be just a matter of time before Strelka found the back of the net, based on her stellar high school career. During her senior year at Trumbull High School, Strelka amassed 32 goals and 11 assists, easily surpassing the previous school mark for total points in a season.