Sept. 19, 2013
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. The Bearcats enter the weekend with a 2-6-0 in Neil Stafford’s first season at the helm. Offensively, UC is fairly balanced with eight players having a goal on the year with sophomore transfer Mackenzie Reynolds being the only player with two or more goals. In net, Stafford has rotated back-and-forth between junior Kristina Utley and redshirt freshman Natalie Smith. Both Utley and Smith have tallied a win this season.
2. For only the second time in program history, Cincinnati will have played eight of their first 10 games away from Gettler Stadium. The last and only other time it has happened was in 1994. This year UC has only hosted a pair of Sunday matches, which both resulted in wins.
3. UC plays a neutral-site match versus Cornell on Friday night in Bridgeport, Conn. The Big Red are 4-1-1 on the season and are on a three-game winning streak. CU is similar to the Bearcats as they play an abundance of youth. Offensively, Caroline Growney (So.), Elizabeth Crowell (Fr.) and Dempsey Banks (Fr.) lead the team in scoring with Growney and Crowell tallying seven points and Banks with six. Senior Tori Christ has seen the most action in net, but freshman Kelsey Tierney has started two games for Cornell. Christ has a 1.41 goals against average and is 2-1-1 on the year, and Tierney is 2-0 with a 0.32 goals against average.
4. Sunday’s match versus Providence will be the first since the 2011 season when the Friars defeated UC, 2-0, in a torrential downpour. Providence is 3-2-2 on the year with one of the losses coming at the hands of Dayton, who also defeated UC. Kathryn Hiller has had a standout sophomore season for the Friars as she leads the team with 11 points (5g-1a). Providence hosts Fordham Friday night before welcoming the Bearcats.
5. UC has one of the youngest starting 11 in the country as they start at least eight underclassmen each game. Depending on the goalkeeper situation, there could be as many as nine underclassmen if redshirt freshman Natalie Smith is given the nod in net. Four players (Kelly Latimer, Madison Melnick, Kayla Utleyand Bailey Wilson) have logged 300 or more minutes thus far with three of them being freshmen (Melnick, Utley, Wilson).