UC hosted the inaugural Riverboat Rivalry match with Northern Kentucky, bringing 4,722 fans into Nippert Stadium for a 1-0 Bearcats victory. The attendance is the largest ever for a women’s collegiate soccer match in the state of Ohio.
The team finished 11-5-4 overall on the year with a 6-1-2 mark at home (5-4-1 road/0-0-1 neutral) and posted a 4-3-2 mark in the conference to earn the #5 seed in the tournament. Those records gave UC 10+ wins for the third season in a row (only the fifth time in 37 years that has happened) while the .650 winning percentage is an improvement over the previous season for the fourth year in a row under head coach Neil Stafford.
In matches played at home on Sunday, the team posted a 3-0-1 mark to improve to 16-0-2 in the four-year tenure of Stafford. UC has outscored its foes, 42-11, in those 18 home Sunday matches.
In his first four years at the helm, Stafford’s sides have won 24 homes matches, surpassing the previous record of 23 that UC coaching legend Meridy Glenn tallied in her opening four seasons at UC.
With the help of the Riverboat Rivalry record attendance, the Bearcats’ nine home matches were witnessed by 9,809 fans (1,090 average), an increase of 229.4% over his first season in Clifton (2,978 total fans/426 average).
Women’s soccer has jumped 63 places in its RPI number since 2013