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TOURNAMENT TIME: The University of Cincinnati will compete in the round of 16 of the NCAA Women’s College Cup on Saturday, Nov. 24 when they travel to the University of Virginia for a 7 p.m. match. The Bearcats, riding a school-best 13-match winning streak, bring a 20-3 mark into the match against the 16-3-2 Cavaliers.
ABOUT VIRGINIA: Virginia’s road to the round of 16 began with a 3-0 defeat of Liberty in the opening round of the NCAA Women’s College Cup. The Cavaliers followed that up with a 4-1 victory over William & Mary in round two. Virginia finished the regular season in second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, two games behind No. 1 North Carolina. In the ACC postseason tournament, Virginia was knocked out in the semifinals by Florida State in a shootout. Freshman Lindsay Gusick heads the Cavaliers offensively, tallying 14 goals and adding two assists, while senior Lori Lindsey has added nine goals and three assists. Defensively, the Cavaliers have posted ten shutouts and have a team goals against average of 0.95. A pair of sophomores, Jodi Clugston and Anne Abernethy have split time in goal with Clugston appearing in 13 matches (12 starts) and Abernethy in 12 contests (nine starts).
LAST TIME OUT: The Bearcats pulled off their biggest win in school history knocking off No. 6 Notre Dame to advance to the round of 16 of the NCAA Women’s College Cup. Sophomore Rachel Lieberman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) scored two first-half goals to give UC a 2-1 halftime advantage. Senior Amy Simonson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) added her third goal of the postseason in the second half and the Bearcats held off a late charge by Notre Dame to take a 3-2 win. The win snapped the Irish’s 39-match home unbeaten streak and gave Notre Dame just their fourth loss at home since 1992.
HOME AND AWAY: Cincinnati enters the Women’s College Cup third round boasting a perfect 10-0 record in road games this season. UC holds a 3-1 mark in neutral site games after winning in the first round of the NCAA Women’s College Cup. Two of UC’s three regular season losses this year came at home, which has traditionally been kind to UC. Since Meridy Glenn took over as head coach of the Bearcats in 1983, Cincinnati owns an impressive 108-40-9 record at home.
WINNING WAYS: Cincinnati’s win over Notre Dame stretched their winning streak to 13, dating back to a 1-0 loss to Butler on Oct. 4. The streak is a school-best mark, eclipsing the old stretch of nine consecutive victories set in 1989. The Bearcats have amassed 20 victories this season, breaking the old school record of 16 set in 1998 and matched in 2000.
SIMONSON IS SENSATIONAL: After scoring just one goal but leading the team with five assists during the regular season, Amy Simonson has turned up her play in the postseason. In the C-USA and NCAA Tournaments, Simonson has scored three goals and added three assists. Simonson’s first career two-goal effort led the Bearcats to a 3-2 win over Oakland in the first round. In the upset of Notre Dame, Simonson iced the match with a second-half goal and recorded assists on UC’s first two scores. For her career, Simonson has 13 assists and is just one helper shy of breaking into the top-10 in UC annals.
WHERE DID SHE COME FROM?: Entering the match with just one collegiate goal to her credit, Rachel Lieberman exploded in the Bearcats upset of No. 7 Notre Dame. Lieberman pounced on a loose ball 12 minutes into the match for the first goal of the match and added another on a cross from Amy Simonson five minutes later to stake the Bearcats to a 2-0 lead. Before the match with the Irish, Lieberman’s only other career goal came in double overtime of another Bearcat upset, the Oct. 19 win over No. 18 Marquette.
THE STREAK ENDS: The two goals scored by Oakland in the first round of the NCAA Women’s College Cup not only were a season-high, but they also snapped a streak of 620 consecutive minutes in which the Bearcats had not allowed a goal. The match also saw UC’s streak of seven consecutive shutouts come to an end.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Cincinnati last appeared in the NCAA Women’s College Cup in 1997, after winning the C-USA Tournament and a play-in game against Georgia The Bearcats were matched in the first round with No. 2 seed Notre Dame in a match played on the Irish’s home field. UC jumped to a 1-0 lead four minutes into the match, but then surrendered four first half goals and three more in the second to drop a 7-1 decision. UC holds a 2-4 record in NCAA Tournament play, not including the 1997 play-in victory over Georgia.
A NATIONAL RANKING: The Bearcats are ranked No. 20 nationally in the final regular season poll released by Soccerbuzz.com. After breaking into the top 25 for the first time two weeks ago, UC moved up four positions from their initial ranking of No. 24.
THOMAS EARNS NATIONAL HONORS: After scoring goals in all three C-USA Tournament games, including match-winners against Marquette and UAB, senior Ann Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) was rewarded by being named to two national teams of the week for the week ending Nov. 10. For the second time this season, Thomas was named to the Soccerbuzz.com Elite Team of the Week. She also added a mention on Soccer America’s National Team of the Week. Thomas has scored a team-best 11 goals this season and added three assists, eclipsing her career total of five goals just this season. Prior to this year, Thomas’ best season as a collegiate came last year when she tallied three goals and eight points.
BEARCATS WITH NCAA EXPERIENCE: Two players on the UC roster played in the Bearcats last NCAA appearance in 1997. Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) started in goal in the match against Notre Dame, while fellow senior Lisa Day (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) saw action off the bench.
AWARDS AND HONORS: The Bearcats took two of the top four individual awards and placed seven players on the all-conference squad. After leading the Bearcats to the regular season championship and a 15-3 regular season mark, head coach Meridy Glenn earned her first C-USA Coach of the Year award. Christy Hoffman shared C-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors with Marquette’s Anne Dalecky. Joining Hoffman on the conference’s first team were Ann Thomas, sophomore Tasha Wagner (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and junior Heather Herweh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline). Sophomore Kristina Wilson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este) was named to the second team and senior Nickie Luse (Bellbrook, Ohio/Bellbrook) and freshman Lisa Stephens (Union, Mo./Union) both earned third team All-CUSA honors, with Stephens being named to the league all-freshman squad. Following the C-USA tournament, Thomas, Luse and Hoffman were named to the all-tournament team.
STINGY ON DEFENSE: In 23 matches this season, the Bearcats have allowed just ten goals, three of which resulted in 1-0 defeats. The Bearcats finished the regular season by allowing just six goals, easily the best in school and conference history. UC is on pace to top the C-USA mark in goals against average (0.65), set by the 1997 Marquette team. In addition, the Cincinnati school record for GAA is 0.75, set in 1984 after that team surrendered 11 goals in 14 matches.
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: The Bearcats held their position in one poll and moved up a spot in the other in the final regular season polls conducted by the Great Lakes Region Coaches and Soccerbuzz.com. Despite losses by three of the region’s top five teams, the Bearcats held at No. 6 in the coaches poll. UC was rewarded for it’s C-USA Tournament Championship in the Soccerbuzz.com poll with a move up to the No. 2 spot in the Great Lakes Region, after being ranked third the previous week.
HOFFMAN’S RECORD BREAKING SEASON: After shutting out Marquette in the C-USA tournament finals, Christy Hoffman increased her lead atop UC’s all-time career shutouts chart with 33. For the year, Hoffman has 14.5 shutouts, which is a school and C-USA single season record. In addition, Hoffman posted 4.5 shutouts at Meyers Field this season, which is a new facility record. Hoffman takes over sole possession of a record that she previously shared with Katrina Smolarczyk. Smolarczyk held four opponents scoreless at home in 1999, while Hoffman did the same in 1997.
GLENN REACHES 200: Bearcat head coach Meridy Glenn joined the 200 coaching victory plateau in UC’s win over Memphis on Sept. 30. Glenn became the ninth coach and first woman in Division I women’s soccer history to reach 200 wins. Since the win over Memphis, Glenn has added 11 victories to her total, giving her a career-mark of 211-122-24.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: UC’s win over East Carolina on Oct. 28 enabled the Bearcats to capture their third C-USA regular season championship. Cincinnati also won regular season crowns in 1995 and 1997. The three championships ties UC with Marquette for the most conference titles in league history. UC also became the first C-USA team to finish the conference portion of it’s schedule with an unblemished record. The Bearcats’ mark of 10-0 betters the 9-0-2 mark of the 1998 South Florida team and the 10-0-1 and 8-0-3 records of the 2000 Marquette and Saint Louis squads.
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 with 341 stops. In the first half of the match against Butler on Oct. 4, Hoffman moved past DePaul’s Kelly Kaiser into the number two slot in minutes played in conference history. During her three plus years at UC, Hoffman has logged 7,810 minutes in goal for the Bearcats. Hoffman should pass Bothwell for the career minutes played mark in C-USA history in the contest against Virginia. Here is a look at the C-USA career saves and minutes played lists:
Career Conference USA Saves
Rank Player,School Years Total
1. Kelly Kaiser, DPU 1996-99 664
2. CHRISTY HOFFMAN 1997-01 348
3. Mo Bothwell, MAR 1997-00 288
4. Hope Herron, USM 1997-00 266
5. Jaclyn Urso, TUL 1997-00 259
Career Conference USA Minutes Played
Rank Player Years Total
1. Mo Bothwell, MAR 1997-00 7,884
2. CHRISTY HOFFMAN 1997-01 7,810
3. Kelly Kaiser, DPU 1996-99 6,529
4. Meghann Burke, SLU 1999-01 5,764 5. Hope Herron, USM 1997-00 5,501
DID YOU KNOW?: Sophomore Kristina Wilson and freshman Lisa Stephens have both started every game of their college career. Wilson was in the starting line up for all 22 contests a year ago and has started all 23 contests this year. Stephens, in her first collegeiate season has been in the line up at the beginning of all 23 matches this year.
HERWEH’S HEROICS: The match-tying goal scored by Heather Herweh against Marquette on Oct. 19 gave her three scores for the year. Prior to this year, Herweh had not scored in 37 career matches. Besides being a strong defender, Herweh has also been a steady contributor on the offensive end of the field, setting a new career high for assists with four. Two of Herweh’s four helpers have come in the postseason, including one in the NCAA first round defeat of Oakland.
UNLIKELY HEROES: Coming into the season, freshman Marie Strelka (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), sophomore Rachel Lieberman and junior Kelly Rigsbee (Hebron, Ky./Connor) had never scored a goal at UC. After Strelka and Rigsbee netted their first goals earlier in the year, the trio added to that number significantly the week of Oct. 15, scoring match-winning goals in consercutive matches against Evansville (Strelka), Marquette (Lieberman) and DePaul (Rigsbee).
BEARCAT CAPTAINS: Three seniors were voted team captains by their teammates for the 2001 season. The 2001 captains are Lisa Day, Christy Hoffman and Nickie Luse.
A List of School Records Set This Season:
•Most victories, season–20
•Most consecutive victories–13
•Most consecutive shutouts–7
•Best goals against average–0.43*
•Most shutouts, season–Christy Hoffman, 14.5
•Most shutouts, career–Christy Hoffman, 33
•Best goals against average, season–Christy Hoffman, 0.43*
•Best goals against average, career–Christy Hoffman, 1.03 *
•Most shutouts season at Meyers Field–Christy Hoffman, 4.5
A List of Conference USA Records Set This Season:
•Most victories, season–20
•Best goals against average–0.43*
•Most shutouts, career–Christy Hoffman, 14.5
•Best goals against average, season–Christy Hoffman, 0.43*