Oct. 17, 2013
FIVE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. UC has one of the youngest starting lineups in the country as they start six freshmen, who are the top Bearcats in minutes played with each logging over 1,000 minutes. Redshirt freshman Natalie Smith has assumed the role of the starting goalkeeper the last nine matches after splitting time to begin the year. Smith has gone 6-2-1 with a pair of shutouts since being named the number one keeper. The Bearcats offense is widespread with 10 players having a goal on the year. Jae Atkinson leads the team with 11 points, while Elsbrock leads the team in goals with four.
2. With going 1-1-0 this past weekend versus No. 19 UCF and USF, the Bearcats are 3-2-1 and sit fourth in the American Athletic Conference with 10 points. UC has three games remaining in league action, and if they finish the season in the top four, they will host a quarterfinals match of the AAC Tournament.
3. Emily Elsbrock was named AAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday and became the first Bearcats player to receive the honor since 2009. The senior forward tallied a goal in each match last weekend, including the goal versus UCF that forced a draw. The Cincinnati native is currently second on the team in points with 10 but leads the team in goals with four.
4. The Bearcats are 7-8-1 on the year and 3-2-1 in AAC play. UC is one win away from garnering eight wins on the year, which the program has only accomplished three times in the last 10 seasons. They also seek their fourth league win, which would be the most for the program since 2008.
5. Cincinnati heads east this weekend to take on UConn and Temple. The Bearcats take on UConn on Thursday night, and the Huskies are 9-6-0 on the season and 1-2-2 in league play. The game at Temple is Sunday afternoon, and it will be the first-ever meeting between the two. Temple is 6-7-1 overall and 1-4-0 in AAC action.