Smith Named to All-Ohio Team

Dec. 18, 2013

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Cincinnati goalkeeper Natalie Smith was named to the 2013 All-Ohio Team by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association.  The redshirt freshman is the first UC player to receive the accolade since 2010.

Smith recorded 15 starts for the Bearcats and posted a record of 7-7-1 with two shutouts. The St. Ursula Academy graduate garnered 76 saves on the season and posted a 1.50 goals against average. She finished second in the American Athletic Conference with 53 saves and a save percentage of 5.89, which earned her a spot on the AAC All-Rookie Team. Smith was also tagged AAC Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 23 after posting two shutouts and accumulating 10 saves in a pair of wins over Cornell and Providence.

“Natalie has a brave mentality and was constantly improving in her first season,” Stafford said. “She kept us in a few games this season by making some big saves and helped solidify a very young and inexperienced back four.”

The last UC player to be named to the All-Ohio Team was Sydney Barker in 2010.

In head coach Neil Stafford’s first season at the helm, the Bearcats finished the year with an 8-11-1 overall record and 4-4-1 in league play. This season marked only the fourth time in the last 10 seasons that UC accumulated eight or more wins and only the second time in 10 years that they had four or more conference wins. Cincinnati, who was picked to finish ninth in the AAC, surprised the league by finishing sixth, despite being tied for third entering their final conference match.

  POS    NAME                            CLASS    SCHOOL              
GK Brooke McCurdy Sr. Wright State
GK Natalie Smith R-Fr. Cincinnati
F Ashley Campbell So. Dayton
F Jessica Gironda Sr. Kent State
F Rachel MacLeod Sr. Toledo
F Nichelle Prince Fr. Ohio State
M Juliana Libertin Sr. Dayton
M Katie Dolesh Sr. Miami (Ohio)
M Nicole Waters So. Dayton
M Kayla Zakrzewski Sr. Miami (Ohio)
M Stephanie Emery Sr. Dayton
D Allie Metzler Jr. Wright State
D Sarah Senoyuit Sr. Dayton
D Morgan Mah Sr. Kent State
D Megan Fuller Sr. Ohio State
D Jenna Hellstrom Fr. Kent State