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4/15 Weekend Recap: FC Cincinnati Sets USL Record

12:40 PM, April 18, 2016
Article by Jacob Geiser

Picture from The Enquirer
Over the weekend, FC Cincinnati set the USL record for attendance with 20,497 tickets sold. FC Cincy lost to Louisville City FC 3-2 on Saturday night. Austin Berry started the game off with a goal to give FC Cincy the 1-0 lead roughly 6 minutes into the game. That lead wouldn't last long because Louisville City FC netted 3 goals before the end of the first half. Pat McMahon scored in stoppage time to bring the score 3-2. Even though FC Cincinnati lost, it is pretty amazing that this new team set the record for attendance in only their second home game. They had a bigger crowd than 5 of the 7 MLS games played over the weekend. The local buzz around this team is remarkable, and I don't see it losing any steam moving forward. FC Cincinnati will be on the road this week as they head to face off with Toronto FC on Sunday at 4 P.M. FC Cincinnati is in the middle of the pack in regards to standings in the Eastern Division of the USL.

Moving on to the baseball portion of the Weekend Recap, we start off with the Redlegs. It was a rough week for the Reds. The Reds are 6-6, sitting at 5-1 on the first home stand of the year. After the first road trip of the year they went 1-5. The at one point during the road trip were outscored 35-6. That is not very good at all. They were swept by the Cubs and managed to pull out a 9-8 win versus the Cardinals on Saturday. Zack Cozart is on a tear at the moment, picking up right where he left off last year before the knee injury. This week the Reds are back at GABP squaring off with the Rockies and Cubs. Hopefully the Reds that started the year 5-1 show up, not the 1-5 team. On May 2nd, BSN will be at the Reds game when they play the San Francisco Giants. Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start in his first game at GABP since being traded. Be on the lookout for that in the next few weeks.

Traveling up to Athens Ohio, the Bobcats had an okay week. Ohio went 2-2, beating Dayton 4-3 last Tuesday. In their conference series with Bowling Green, they lost 2-1. They won the final game of the series 10-5. The Bobcats will look to gain some ground in the MAC this upcoming week. They play Morehead State on 4/19 at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens. Kent State will come to Athens and play the Bobcats over the weekend. Kent State sits at 26-10 on the year, 9-3 in the East Division in the MAC. Miami (OH) leads the Division at 9-3. The Bobcats are 5-7 and can make up some serious ground in the MAC if they can capitalize and knock of the Golden Flashes this weekend.

In Clifton, the 1st place Bearcats come back from winning a series vs. 22nd ranked Tulane in New Orleans over the weekend. The Bearcats lost their two non-conference games before squaring off with Tulane. They lost to both Wright State and Xavier in the Joe Nuxhall Classic. The Bearcats are 18-19 on the year, 6-3 in the AAC. The series with Tulane it was loaded with great pitching from the Bearcats, only allowing 6 runs in the 3 game series. Starter Andrew Zellner and company did a great job of holding a good Tulane team at bay. It is remarkable to see how well the Bearcats responded from starting the season 1-11. Ty Neal is doing a great job with this young team, and hopefully they can stay atop of the AAC all year long. The Bearcats travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes on Tuesday. They then host the Memphis Tigers in a 3 game home series over the weekend. Building off a great weekend of play in New Orleans, the Bearcats will look to continue their stretch of great baseball this week.