Women's Soccer Weekly Release
This Week: The Conference USA womenís soccer regular-season championship could be decided this weekend at Meyers Field as No. 21 University of Cincinnati (11-2-2, 5-0-2 C-USA) hosts No. 12 Charlotte on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. ET and Saint Louis on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Bearcats enter the contests in second place in the conference standings, percentage points behind first-place Charlotte. Saint Louis is in third place, two games off the pace.
About The Bearcats: The Bearcats currently have a nine-game unbeaten streak and are 11-2-2 on the season with a 5-0-2 record in C-USA which places them in second place. UC has shutout its last seven opponents while also going unbeaten in its last 22 regular-season C-USA matches. Amy Simonson (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Princeton) leads the team in scoring with 14 points on seven goals including the game-winner in overtime at Marquette last Friday. Tasha Wagner (Middletown, Ohio/ Middletown) is second on the team with 11 points on seven assists and two goals. Tianna Oliver (Los Angeles, Calif./ Immaculate Heart) has three goals on the season while Rachel Lieberman (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Walnut Hills) and Lisa Stephens (Union, Mo./ Union) have a pair of goals and assists each. Senior Heather Herweh (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Ursuline), a preseason all-C-USA selection anchors a defense that returns three starters from the 2001 season and has held opponents to eight goals in 15 games. Sophomore Tracy Hale (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville South) is the starter in goal for the Bearcats, posting a 0.52 goals against average which ranks eighth in the nation.
About Charlotte: The 49ers enter the contest with the Division Iís 10th ranked scoring offense and a 13-0-1 record with a 6-0-1 mark in C-USA. Courtney Campbell was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and is seventh in the nation in scoring, averaging 2.71 points per game. The freshman has 17 goals and four assists on the season. In goal, Jenn Howell and Lauren Dansby have split time while posting a 1.27 goals against average. UC won the last seasonís meeting between the two schools, 1-0 in Charlotte.
About Saint Louis: The Billikens enter the week in third place in C-USA with a 4-2-1 conference record and an 11-4-1 overall mark. Jamie Perry leads SLU with 10 goals and three assists while Christine Cigno adds eight goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Meghan Burke has played every minute and has a 0.68 goals against average. The Bearcats defeated SLU twice in 2001, including a 2-0 victory in first round of the C-USA tournament.
Recent Matches: The Bearcats went 2-0-1 for the second consecutive week Despite out shooting East Carolina 20-9, UC started the week with a scoreless, double-overtime tie in a match played in Louisville. Cincinnati needed overtime again on Friday, this time winning the match, 1-0 at Marquette. Amy Simonson netted the game-winner with 2:36 remaining in the first overtime period. The Bearcats ended the week with a 2-0 shutout at DePaul. Tasha Wagner and Tianna Oliver had a goal and an assist apiece in the victory.
National Rankings: This Fridayís match with Charlotte will involve several national rankings. Both teams ranked in the top 25 by Soccer Buzz Magazine, with Charlotte at No. 10 and Cincinnati at No. 21. Charlotte also boasts the 10th ranked scoring offense in Division I, averaging just over three goals per game. Cincinnati will counter with the seventh ranked defense in the land, surrendering 0.51 goals per game. The Bearcats are also tied for seventh in the nation with a .600 shutout percentage while holding opponents scoreless in nine of their 15 matches.
Individually, UCís goalkeeper Tracy Hale has the eighth best goals against average in Division I at 0.52. On the other hand, Charlotteís Courtney Campbell ranks seventh in points per game and goals per game with 38 points on 17 goals and four assists.
Streaking: UC has three impressive streaks on the line this weekend.
ē The Bearcats are unbeaten in their last nine matches with their last loss being a 1-0 loss at Minnesota.
ē Cincinnati hasnít yielded a goal in school-record tying seven consecutive matches. The record of seven consecutive shutouts has been done twice prior to this season, once last season and once in 1982.
ē The last time the Bearcats surrendered a goal came in the 28th minute in a 1-1 Sept. 27 tie at Tulane, meaning UCís consecutive scoreless minutes streak is at 829:30.
ē Cincinnati has a 22-game C-USA regular season unbeaten streak. The Bearcats are 5-0-2 this season and were 10-0-0 in 2001. Their last regular-season loss in conference play came in 2000 when Saint Louis defeated UC, 4-0.
Regional Rankings: In addition to being ranked nationally, the Bearcats moved up in a couple of regional rankings. UC is ranked at No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region, according to the recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. Soccer Buzz Magazine has the Bearcats at the No. 3 spot. Purdue tops the region in both polls.
Defense Leads The Effort: One key to UCís shutout streak can be credited to the veteran defensive core. The unit, which returned three starters from last season, is holding opponents to just over nine shots per game. Heading into the last seven games, the Bearcats were allowing just under 13 shots per game. On the season, UC is out shooting its opponents by a 203-145 clip.
Haleís GAA Drops: Sophomore goalkeeper Tracy Hale has seen her goals against average take a dip during the current shutout streak. Haleís GAA was 0.96 in UCís first eight games, but has since dropped to 0.52, which ranks at No. 7 in NCAA Division I.
Spreading The Goals Around: Eleven different Bearcats have netted goals this season. Amy Simonson leads the team with six goals while Rachel Lieberman, Lisa Stephens and Tianna Oliver are second on the team with two. Six other UC players are tied for third on the team with a goal apiece.
Assisting The Team: Junior Tasha Wagner has found the net twice this season, but she has also found other ways to help the team. Wagner easily leads the team in assists with seven. Five Bearcats are tied for second on the team with two assists apiece.
Wagner passed her 2001 total of six assists with two assists this past weekend. Wagner is one point shy of her 2001 season total of 12 points.
Defending Their Turf: UC is 6-0 at home this season and has a streak of 10 consecutive home matches without a loss, dating back to a 1-0 loss to Butler in 2001. In fact, UCís menís and womenís teams are both undefeated at Meyers Field this season with the men also posting a 5-0-1 home record.
By comparison, UC lost two home matches last season. The last time Cincinnati finished a season with an undefeated home slate was 1996 when the Bearcats were 7-0-2 enroute to a 15-5-3 overall record.
Changing The Record Books: A couple of the top-ten career lists at UC will look a little different this season thanks to members of this yearís Bearcat squad. Leading the list is Tasha Wagner who with her assists in UCís wins over Marquette and DePaul moved into a tie for sixth place on the career assists list with 16.
With her career totals of 21 goals, 13 assists and 55 points, Amy Simonson is nearing the top ten in all three categories. Simonson is two goals, two assists and one point shy of cracking the top ten of all three lists.
Goal Dominance: The Bearcats are outscoring their opponents 23-8 on the season including a 13-3 advantage in the second half of games. The first half hasnít been too bad for UC either as it holds a 9-5 advantage prior to the intermission
About Coach Glenn: Meridy Glenn (Brown, Ď80) is in her 20th season as head coach of the Bearcats. In 2001, Glenn became the ninth Division I womenís soccer coach, and first woman, to reach the 200 win plateau. She is by far the winningest womenís soccer coach in school history with a career mark of 224-125-26. Glenn is the third coach in the history of the UC program which dates back to 1980. Glenn came to UC after serving as an assistant coach at Brown University for two years.