Cincinnati to Square Off with Louisville

Oct. 24, 2013

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Friday, October 25 | 7 p.m. ET   
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1. Cincinnati enters Friday’s final regular season match with a record of 8-9-1 and 4-3-1 in the American Athletic Conference. For only the second time in 10 seasons, UC has tallied four of more conference wins (2008). Currently, they are sitting in a tie for third in the AAC, and if the Bearcats would finish in the top four, it would be the first time since 2002 (2nd in the C-USA).

2. The Bearcats host Louisville on Friday, and the Cardinals are 11-4-1 and 7-1-0 in the league. The Cardinals are currently sitting at first in the AAC with their lone league loss coming at the hands of UCF. UC holds an advantage in the all-time series record at 18-9-1, but they have not defeated Louisville since 2009.

3. UC has one of the youngest starting lineups in the country as they start six freshmen. All six of those freshmen have logged over 1,250 minutes, while only two players that aren’t freshmen have played as much.

4. A trio of UC players have reached double-digit points on the year in Emily Elsbrock (12), Jae Atkinson (11) and Katy Couperus (10). Elsbrock leads the pack in goals as well with five. The senior forward has tallied a goal in three of the last four matches. Atkinson leads the team in assists with five. Surprisingly, a total of 10 different UC players have tallied a goal this season.

5. If the Bearcats finish in the top four of the AAC, they will host the No. 5 seed next Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. If they finish No.5 or No. 6, then they will travel to face an opponent next Sunday. There is a chance for them to finish seventh, which would require them to play in a play-in game next Friday night versus the No. 10 seed, which will likely be Temple, at either Louisville or UCF.