Oct. 2, 2013
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1. Neil Stafford has guided the Bearcats to a 5-7-0 season in his first year at the helm, which is one more win than last year’s team. Cincinnati’s offense has been widespread with 10 different players notching goals on the year. Mackenzie Reynolds heads up the scoring with three goals on the year, while four other Bearcats have two. Stafford has rotated between Kristina Utley and Natalie Smith in goal, but Smith has received the last five starts, which have resulted in four of the team’s wins.
2. The Bearcats enter the weekend 1-1 in AAC play after shocking Memphis last Sunday. UC was down 2-0 at halftime and came back to win 3-2 in double overtime. The last time the program had a comeback of that fashion was Oct. 10, 2010 when they also overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit versus Villanova.
3. Houston is 1-4-3 on the year and 0-2-0 in AAC action. They return home to face UC on Friday after playing their last five matches on the road. The Cougars have struggled to find offense this season with only having four goals on the year. Goalkeeper Cami Koski has kept Houston in matches by garnering 9.17 saves per game, which leads the AAC.
4. SMU is coming off a 1-1-0 weekend of AAC play and is 6-4-0 on the year. The Mustangs’ offense has been impressive this year as they are third in the league in goals with Shelby Redman leading the way with seven and Kelsey Gorney with five. Their defense has also been stellar by posting five shutouts this year, which is half of their matches.
5. UC has one of the youngest starting 11 in the country as they start seven to 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. Seven players have logged over 700 minutes this season, and five of those are freshmen (Katy Couperus, Taylor Nelson, Kayla Utley, Madison Melnick and Bailey Wilson).