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THIS WEEK: The Bearcats face one of their toughest weeks of the season, playing three matches in a five-day span. Highlighting the week will be a showdown with Marquette (Oct. 19), currently one-half game ahead of the Bearcats atop the Conference USA standings. UC will also host a non-conference match against Evansville on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and DePaul on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.
ABOUT EVANSVILLE: The Purple Aces bring a 10-2 record and a six-match winning streak Meyers Field for their match-up with the Bearcats. Evansville is ranked sixth in the Great Lakes Region by the Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association. Seniors Jessica Schwartz and Niki Watkins lead the Evansville attack with five goals each. Junior Tracye Burch, a Cincinnati native, has added four goals and five assists.
ABOUT MARQUETTE: Marquette is one-half game ahead the Bearcats atop the C-USA standings at 6-0, with a 10-2 overall mark. The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 18 by the National Soccer Coaches Association and No. 22 by Soccerbuzz.com. Within the Great Lakes Region, Marquette is number two according to Soccerbuzz.com. Junior Kate Gordon (five goals, three assists) and senior Jenny Strachota (four goals) lead the Golden Eagles, while junior goalie Ashleigh Koenig has posted five shutouts.
ABOUT DE PAUL: DePaul is 5-8-1 overall and 0-3-1 in C-USA play, following a 3-1 defeat to Charlotte in their most recent match. Junior Christy Young leads the Blue Demon offense with five goals and two assists, while junior Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman has added four markers. DePaul will face C-USA foe Louisville on Friday, Oct. 19 before heading to Cincinnati.
LAST WEEK: UC kept itís conference record unblemished with a 2-0 road win over Saint Louis. Sophomore Kristina Wilson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este) scored the match-winner 4:16 into the first half off an assist from senior Amy Simonson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton). Junior Kelly Rigsbee (Hebron, Ky./Conner) also scored at 69:41 for the Bearcats off a pass from senior Ann Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) who recorded her team-leading 15th point on the play.
BEARCATS TOP OHIO POLL: The Bearcats were ranked No. 1 in the state of Ohio last week in a poll released by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association. Despite falling to Miami, 1-0 on Sept. 17, the Bearcats still lead the RedHawks by three points.
BEARCATS RECEIVE REGIONAL RANKING: The Bearcats are the No. 10 team in the Great Lakes Region according to the latest poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association. The move into the top 10 is the first for the Bearcats this season. After receiving 2.5 points, the Bearcats trail Illinois, who received 10 points. Notre Dame continues to lead the poll with 50 points, with Marquette second with 45.
STINGY ON DEFENSE: Through the first 12 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 12 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. The NCAA record for fewest goals allowed in a season is two by the 1987 North Carolina Tar Heels. The Bearcats are 120 minutes away from qualifying for the NCAA all-time goals against average top ten. The Bearcats current GAA of 0.33, would rank them seventh all-time in NCAA annals.
GLENN REACHES 200: Bearcat head coach Meridy Glenn joined the 200 coaching victory plateau in UCís win over Memphis on Sept. 30. Glenn became the ninth coach and first woman in Division I womenís soccer history to reach 200 wins. Another coach, Texasí Chris Petrucelli added his name to the list of 200-win coaches on Oct. 7.
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 322 stops, to 288 for Bothwell. Barring a complete defensive collapse by the Bearcats the remainder 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 on Oct. 4, 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 6,779 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 Saint Louis, Christy Hoffman continues her ascent of the UC and C-USA lists for career shutouts. Hoffman has 26 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 two assists in 12 matches, Ann Thomas is having a career year. Thomas has 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 FIRST: In the 28th game of her collegiate career, Kelly Rigsbee notched the first goal of her career in the win over Saint Louis. Rigsbee has three points this season, also recording an assist against South Florida on Sept. 23. She has passed her career-high in points, topping the two points she recorded a season ago.