Klotz Leads Bulls Into Pair of Weekend Matches

September 02, 2010
TAMPA - Looking to extend its best start in 12 seasons, the University of South Florida women's soccer team will host a pair of in-state opponents this weekend at the USF Soccer Stadium.

To kick off the weekend, USF will renew the "War on I-4" as UCF comes to town on Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. followed by Stetson on Sept. 5 at 1 p.m.

USF is 3-0-0 for just the second time in the program's history and first since 1998.

The Bulls went 2-0-0 last week with wins over Murray State and SE Missouri State to capture the 2010 Racer Classic. The Bulls downed host Murray State 4-2 on Aug. 27, then dispatched SE Missouri State 4-0 on Aug. 29.

Junior Chelsea Klotz will look to continue her red-hot start to the season. After tallying four goals in two preseason matches, Klotz has scored five goals through three games including two goals apiece in each of the Bulls' matches this past weekend in the Racer Classic. Now with 19 career goals, Klotz has moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Bulls all-time scoring list.

For her efforts, Klotz was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll in addition to being named the Racer Classic Tournament MVP.

Through three games, USF has outshot the opposition 65-22, outscored opponents 12-2 and have scored four goals in each of its four games, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1998.

UCF comes into the match 1-1 on the young season. The last time out the Knights picked up their first win of the 2010 season with a 2-0 decision over San Diego St. in Orlando.

USF will look to avenge a 1-0 lost suffered in Orlando last fall and look to close the gap on the all-time series. UCF leads the series 4-1 over USF.

Stetson will host Virginia Commonwealth this Friday, Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m. before making the trek from Deland. The Hatters come into the weekend at .500 splitting their first four matches. Their last time out they fell to No. 6 Florida State, 6-0, in Tallahassee.

Last season, the Bulls edged out Stetson in double overtime to take the match, 3-2 in Deland. USF is 10-2-2 all time against Stetson and has won six of the last eight meetings against the Hatters.

Following this weekend's contest, the Bulls will hit the road for the final time in the non-conference portion of their schedule and pay a visit to Jacksonville University on Sept. 10 and then begin a three-game home stand starting on Sept. 12 against Harvard, who qualified for the NCAA tournament a year ago.

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