Cincinnati Bearcats-Tulsa Golden Hurricane rescheduled soccer recreation canceled as a consequence of coronavirus

The regular-season finale between Cincinnati and Tulsa was canceled amid ongoing coronavirus points with the Bearcats’ soccer program, the American Athletic Conference introduced Tuesday.

The 2 groups are nonetheless scheduled to satisfy within the American convention championship recreation Dec. 19.

That is the second time the Tulsa-Cincinnati regular-season recreation was scheduled to be performed this season. The initially scheduled recreation was deliberate for Oct. 17 however postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases at Cincinnati. The make-up date was slated for this Saturday.

Cincinnati, the highest-ranked Group of 5 staff within the newest School Soccer Playoff standings at No. 7, has not performed since beating UCF on Nov. 21.

“Like a lot of our nation, the Bearcats soccer program has handled rising circumstances of COVID-19 during the last a number of weeks,” Cincinnati athletic director John Cunningham stated in an announcement. “Since getting back from Orlando on Nov. 21, 2020, we had an elevated variety of positives amongst our student-athletes, coaches and workers. Fortunately, now we have had only a few symptomatic circumstances and those that did present signs seem like doing effectively.

“This week, we started a gradual, measured return to actions, totally conscious of the significance of monitoring our student-athletes who’re returning after time away from observe. If we’re chosen to host the AAC Championship recreation on Dec. 19, now we have requested a variance with the state of Ohio to permit a restricted variety of followers within the stadium. We stay up for persevering with our season on Saturday, Dec. 19.”

Tulsa had eight recreation dates affected by COVID-19 this season. Along with Cincinnati (two recreation dates), the Oklahoma State, Arkansas State, Navy and Houston video games had been postponed or canceled. The OSU and Navy video games had been performed on later dates, and the regular-season matchups in opposition to Arkansas State, Houston and Cincinnati weren’t performed. The Toledo and Northwestern State video games had been canceled previous to the season.

“It is disappointing for our soccer staff and followers that we are going to not have the chance to play the ultimate residence recreation of the season on Senior Day,” Tulsa director of athletics Rick Dickson stated in an announcement.

“The onerous work and dedication and the adversity our student-athletes have battled by means of this yr is obvious of their character and their want to proceed to play soccer. They and the teaching workers have put themselves in place to compete for a convention championship, and now flip their focus to that title recreation.”

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