TAMPA-After a two hour and 45 minute weather delay, the University of South Florida women’s soccer team showcased an offensive attack that coach Denise Schilte-Brown has been waiting to see in their 6-0 win against visiting Austin Peay at the USF Soccer Stadium Friday evening.
"I was proud of the team, because this was our second rain delay. This can happen again in Florida, as we know the weather is a little unpredictable," said Schlite-Brown.
After failing to capitalize on numerous chances from the opening kick, one would figure it was only a matter of time before the Bulls put one past the Governor keeper, and in the 18th minute they would do just that. Although, it came from unlikely player. Sophomore defender Valorie O’Brien moved up and sent a high shot from about 30 yards out that was just out of reach of the APSU keeper for her first career goal. Taylor Patterson picked up her first of two assists on the night along with junior defender Angelique Waller.
"We excited to score some goals and get on the board and get a win, but I think what we were most proud that the girls played good soccer," said Schlite-Brown.
From there on, the flood gates would open up on the visiting Governors as the Bulls would score three more goals in the next 16 minutes.
Next, it would be sophomore Chelsea Klotz who tallied her first goal of the 2009 campaign after leading the Bulls in scoring in her rookie season a year ago. Klotz took a feed from sophomore Rehana Murani and sent it past the APSU keeper for her fifth career goal.
Registering the next goal for the Bulls would be a name that has been called a lot so far, as USF leading scorer Noelle Pineiro would finish of a series of beautiful passes from sophomore Gina Pacheco and Patterson to push the lead to 3-0.
The Bulls would tally another one before the first half horn would blow.
It would be another first, as redshirt freshman Brittany Burt would pick up her first career goal off of true freshman Kelly Campbell’s first career assist at the 34:10 mark.
From there on, the Bulls defense would tighten its strangle hold on the Austin Peay attack. The Governors would only take four total shots, however only two were on goal.
For the first time in three seasons, senior captain Mallori Lofton-Malachi was not in goal for an entire match. Making her 41st consecutive start, Lofton-Malachi was replaced by redshirt freshman Gaby Garton after shutting out the Govs in the first 45 minutes. The two would combine for the Bulls’ third shutout of the season. The two also combined to make two saves on the night.
Burt would put another tally on the board, off a long ball from the foot of sophomore Chantelle Goodson. Burt nearly missed the first USF hat trick as she had a free kick ricochet off the left post late in the second half.
The Bulls added to their performance in the tenth minute of the second half when Lindsey Krakower got a pass from Alejandra Santos near the Governor post, and ripped a shot to the far side of the net giving the Bulls their sixth goal of the season.
The Bulls will look to keep the momentum from the dominating performance when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to take on the University of Central Florida on Sunday.
"I would say that we were our stronger team today. As you guys could see, there was a lot of great movement on the field. Their interchangable play offensively was excellent. The forwards movement off of the ball was exactly what we had asked," said Schlite-Brown.
The six goals scored against Austin Peay is the first time that the Bulls have scored that many times since their 2001 matchup with the Citadel... Against the Citadel, the Bulls also won by six scoring seven in the 7-1 victory...The last time the Bulls scored five goals in a game was in a 2005 match with St. Thomas on Sept. 3, 2005... Mallori Lofton-Malachi made her 41st straight start and 43rd overall... For the first time this season, the Bulls did not have have a player play the entire 90 minutes