University of Cincinnati discontinues men’s soccer program

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Wright State graduate coached Bearcats until stepping down after last season

The University of Cincinnati will no longer field a men’s soccer team, it announced Tuesday.

The program was coached by Wright State graduate Hylton Dayes, a four-time All-American who later coached the men’s and women’s programs at his alma mater, for 19 seasons until he stepped down after last season.

Talawanda High School graduate Sam Robinson is a freshman forward with the Bearcats and had one goal in 16 games last season. Fairfield graduate Zach Powell is a sophomore midfielder.

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"This was a difficult decision, but one made with the long-term interests of UC Athletics at the forefront," UC Athletic Director John Cunningham said in a statement. "During this time of profound challenges and widespread uncertainty, I have engaged in a comprehensive and thorough review of UC's sport offerings and long-term budget implications of supporting the number of student-athletes currently at UC. Based on this review, and in consultation with President (Neville) Pinto and other University leaders, UC Athletics will no longer sponsor a men's soccer program.”

UC started its men’s soccer program in 1973. It had an all-time record of 385-408-84 and finished 5-11-1 last season.

UC will honor scholarships for current players for the duration of their careers, and those players will be allowed to transfer without penalty.

"Our men's soccer student-athletes have been outstanding representatives of the University in the classroom and on the field," Cunningham said. "They may not fully understand this decision, but I want them to know they were truly and conscientiously considered during my deliberations about the future of UC Athletics. We are making this decision now to enable our men's soccer student-athletes to have an opportunity to play at another institution if they choose to do so."