Women?s Soccer To Face Marquette in Finals
Bearcats seeking third C-USA tournament title
Contact: Shawn Sell
The University of Cincinnati women?s soccer team will face Marquette in the finals of the Conference USA tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be played at Marquette?s Valley Fields.
UC advanced to the finals after a pair of 2-0 victories over Saint Louis and UAB earlier this week. Marquette advanced after two double overtime wins. The Eagles knocked off Houston 2-1 in quarterfinal action and defeated Charlotte 1-0 in the semifinals. Cincinnati brings a record of 17-3 into the finals match-up, while Marquette is 16-4.
?We are excited,? said Bearcats coach Meridy Glenn. ?Being in the finals has been a goal of this team since the end of last year. The team is focused and I think they should be really proud of themselves. C-USA is extremely competitive and it?s tough to have to beat teams that we?ve already played.?
The Bearcats have been led in the tournament by a pair of all-conference performers in senior Ann Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) and freshman Lisa Stephens (Union, Mo./Union). Thomas, named this week to C-USA?s all-conference first team has netted goals in both of UC?s tournament victories. Stephens, a third team All-CUSA and All-Freshman team performer, has scored a goal and added an assist this week.
Senior goalie Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) has recorded seven saves in the two tournament wins, posting shutouts in both. The two shutouts give Hoffman 13.5 for the season and 32 for her career, both tops in school annals.
Cincinnati and Marquette will square off for the second time this season, with UC winning the first meeting 2-1 in double overtime on Oct. 19. Sophomore Rachel Lieberman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) scored the match-winner just over five minutes into the second extra period to give UC the upset of the then No. 18 ranked Golden Eagles.