Soccer has quickly been sweeping the city of Cincinnati this year. With the introduction of a new professional USL soccer team in the city, FC Cincinnati, you have seen the game become a lifestyle for thousands. Drawing more than 35 thousand fans in a single game is something no one would have expected the team to do in it’s first year of existence. UC women's soccer has more than capitalized on that moment this year, drawing more than five thousand fans for their Riverboat Rivalry Match against NKU early on in the season which both Nick and I had the chance to cover where the Bearcats claimed a 1-0 victory on Monday, August 22, at Nippert stadium. As defending conference champions, the team went into the season with high expectations for themselves. The team brought in a lot of young talent this year and has looked to their upperclassmen to guide them.
Since the Riverboat Rivalry Match the Bearcats have gone on to have a great season filled with AAC player of the week and honor roll awards. Yesterday the Bearcats finished the regular season off with a 2-1 must win victory against Temple at Gettler Stadium on senior night. With the victory against Temple, the Bearcats finished the season with a record of 11-5-3 and conference record of 4-3-2, securing them a spot in the conference tournament. Below is a collective gallery of mine and Nick's best shots from the victory. The gallery features some funny moments that took place throughout the game and tells the whole story of senior night from start to finish. All five of the seniors (Emma Dwenger, Taylor Jackson, Natalie Smith, Kayla Utley, and Bailey Wilson) were honored after the game with flowers and framed images of themselves. Nick thinks he is cool because a lot of his images were featured in the frames on the table by the field. The Bearcats take on USF Wednesday, November 2, in the quarter finals of the AAC conference tournament. Having a system that rotates a lot of players, the Bearcats will head into the conference tournament with more fresh legs than most teams.
Being a soccer player and someone that loves the game of soccer, it has been a blast getting to watch these women battle all year. Having a lot of friends on the team, I only took the opportunity to shoot two games this year as I wanted to be in the stands cheering them on, yelling at the refs and enjoying a nice beer or two. Nick shot almost every home game this season. You can find his full galleries at www.facebook.com/ncbrownphotos .
The Cincy Rooted crew is looking forward to shooting the home games again next season. We expect to have more equipment by then as the company continues to grow. If you have any questions or would like to buy prints of any of the images you can reach us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts on the gallery!