Head Coach Meridy Glenn Interview
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SETTING THE SCENE: The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team ends the regular season on the road with matches at Rutgers and Seton Hall. The Bearcats, 7-6-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the BIG EAST, are two points ahead of the Pirates for the final spot in the BIG EAST Tournament. UC faces 12-2-2 Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. before the season-ending showdown with Seton Hall on Sunday, Oct. 22 at Noon ET.
Freshman Andrea Kaminski has posted six shutouts in net and is fourth in the BIG EAST in saves.
Of the Bearcats' 165 starts, 113 have come from players in their first or second year at UC.
Head coach Meridy Glenn is in her 24th season at the helm of the Bearcats and owns a 249-169-34 career record.
UC trails the all-time series against Rutgers, 3-1, and tied Seton Hall last year in the only meeting with the Pirates.
Rutgers is 12-2-2 overall, 6-1-2 in the league and 5-1-1 in its last seven. Alicia Hall has scored a team-high six goals and Erin Guthrie has posted eight shutouts with a 0.37 GAA in net. RU is 6-1-1 at home this season.
Seton Hall is 6-8-2 and 2-5-2 in the BIG EAST and is on a five-match winless streak. Katie Herr has scored five of the Pirates' 21 goals and Amanda Becker has four shutouts and a 1.29 GAA. SHU is 3-2-1 at home this year and hosts Louisville on Friday.
NOTES FROM MARQUETTE AND USF WEEKEND:
Andrea Kaminski posted her sixth shutout on Sunday.
Becky Imhoff scored her fourth goal of the season against USF. All four have been gamewinners.
The Bearcats were shutout on Friday for the fourth time in five matches.
Meridy Glenn closed to within one win of 250 for her career.
The loss at Marquette was UC's first on a Friday in five matches this season.
In 2001 Head Coach Meridy Glenn became the first female in NCAA Division I history to earn 200 career women's soccer victories. Now in her 24th season, she is just one short of reaching 250 career wins. She is the second-winningest female coach in NCAA Division I history and 13th all-time in career wins.
KAMINSKI SOLID IN NET:
Freshman keeper Andrea Kaminski started her career off right by making five saves in UC's season-opening 1-0 win over Kentucky. For her efforts she was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Aug. 28. She opened her career with 227:52 of scoreless netminding. She is fourth in the BIG EAST with 80 saves and fifth with six shutouts.
MAKING THEM COUNT:
Senior Becky Imhoff has netted four goals this season to lead the team and every one of them have counted. All four of her markers have been gamewinners, earning UC wins over Miami (Ohio), Cleveland State, Georgetown and USF. The four gamewinners is tied for fourth in the BIG EAST.
TAKING THE SHOTS:
The Bearcats, despite scoring just twice in the last six matches, have not had any trouble getting shots off. UC has outshot its opponent in seven of its last eight matches and in 10 of 15 overall this year. Becky Imhoff is seventh in the BIG EAST with 50 shots.
MacDONALD FINDS THE NET:
After being a constant scoring threat for the Bearcats in every match, freshman Erin MacDonald finally broke into the scoring column with the first two goals of her career in UC's 3-0 win over Cleveland State on Sept. 17. She added her third a match later against DePaul. For the season, MacDonald is second on the team with six points.
POWER OF YOUTH:
While the Bearcats return nine starters, they are indeed a young team. Eighteen players are in their first or second year at UC. Of the 165 starts made this year, 113 have been made by these players.
NOTRE DAME MATCH:
The Notre Dame match, cancelled on Sept. 22 due to lightning, will be replayed on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Gettler Stadium if needed to determine tournament seeding.