TAMPA – After playing two straight ranked opponents in South Carolina and Florida last week the Bulls’ schedule doesn’t get any easier this Friday night when South Alabama comes to town.
“They’re 7-1-1 and they have one of the top scoring offenses in the country right now, they have some pretty quality players,” associate head coach Chris Brown said.
The Jaguars have outscored their opponents 36-8 on the year and are led by one of the top freshman in the country in Lauren Allison, who is second in the nation with 23 points (nine goals, five assists) this season.
However, USF (4-1-3) is also off to a great start this season and will have a lot of confidence after a 1-1 draw against No. 8 Florida last weekend that set a new women’s soccer attendance record of 1,204. The Bulls have now set attendance records twice this season after setting a new record of 1,193 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the season opener.
“I think it’s awesome and hopefully we’ll be able to continue to do that,” Brown said in regards to the record crowds.
Sharla Passariello scored her third goal of the year in the seventh minute to give USF an early 1-0 lead. Starting fast has been a big key for the Bulls as they have outscored their opponents 9-0 in the first half of games this season.
The Bulls defense has also been a major reason for their early season success. USF ranks second in the American Athletic Conference in goals allowed with only four so far this year.
Led by sophomore goalkeeper Christiane Endler the Bulls also rank second in the American and 22nd nationally with a 0.46 goals against average. Endler was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll for the third straight time earlier this week after garnering AAC Goalkeeper of the Week Honors in week one.
USF and South Alabama will kickoff at 7:30 p.m., so make sure to come out and support your Bulls. You can purchase tickets HERE or at the stadium box office prior to the match.