Women's Soccer |
Three Bearcats Earn All-Region Honors
Contact: Shawn Sell
Three members of the University of Cincinnati womenís soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association/adidas Great Lakes All-Regional Team. Senior forward Ann Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) and senior goalkeeper Christy Hoffman (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) earned first team honors, while junior defender Heather Herweh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) was named to the second team.
Thomas was the Bearcats leading scorer this season, netting 11 goals and adding three assists for 25 points. Thomas scored goals in each of UCís three Conference USA Tournament matches, helping the Bearcats capture the tournament title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Womenís College Cup. In addition to being named the Most Valuable Forward at the C-USA Tournament, Thomas was one of four UC players named to the C-USA first team.
Hoffman had a record season in goal for the Bearcats, posting a school-record 14.5 shutouts and ending the season with a goals against average of 0.58, also a school best. Hoffman was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in C-USA and was voted the Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the conference tournament. During the 2001 season, Hoffman established new UC career marks for shutouts and GAA and led the nation in the latter for much of the year.
Herweh contributed on both ends of the field to the most successful season in school history. Offensively, Herweh scored a career best three goals and added four assists. She made her mark as a solid defender earning first team All-CUSA honors and helping the Bearcats to 15 shutouts and just 14 goals allowed in 24 matches.
The Bearcats ended the 2001 campaign with a 20-4 record, advancing to the round of 16 in the NCAA Womenís College Cup. UCís record was the best in school annals and the team advanced farther in the postseason than any previous Bearcat team. The Bearcats captured their third C-USA regular season championship and third tournament championship, while advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time.