Reid Scores Twice As Bulls Down Harvard, 2-1
TAMPA -- Despite an early deficit and sweltering heat, the University of South Florida women's soccer team (5-1-1) used a pair of Venicia Reid goals, scored in a span of 31 seconds, to down the Harvard Crimson, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the USF Soccer Stadium.
At 5-1-1, USF is off to its best start since 1998 when they opened with a 9-0 record.
The win also completes the Bulls' best non-conference slate since 2005 when USF went 5-1 against teams outside the BIG EAST conference.
Reid, who led the JUCO ranks in scoring each of the past two seasons at Navarro Junior College, took a lead pass from senior defender Angelique Waller while streaking down the left side. She went on to beat a defender and keeper Alexandra Millet to the far post to equalize at the 16:47 mark.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Reid wasted little time giving the Bulls the lead for good.
Thirty-one seconds after her first goal, Reid bolted down the center of the field and beat two Crimson defenders to give USF a 2-1 lead. This time, Reid was helped by junior Gina Pacheco. Reid now has five goals on the season and is USF's second-leading scorer behind fellow junior Chelsea Klotz. The assist by Pacheco was her third of the season and the seventh of her career.
With a 2-1 advantage in their pocket, the USF defense took control of the match using a number of bodies to limit the Crimson to just a handful of opportunities over the remaining 77 minutes of the match, all of which were successfully denied.
With temperatures well into the 90s and the heat index over 100 degrees, head coach Denise Schilte-Brown substituted repeatedly hoping to keep her team fresh and save them from the heat. Eighteen different Bulls played more than 10 minutes in the match with only defenders Kelly Campbell and Boo Eagle and keeper Nicole McClure playing the entire 90 minutes.
Harvard opened up the scoring just 10 minutes into the match as Elizabeth Weisman beat McClure, diving to her left, giving the Crimson an early 1-0 advantage. However, McClure settled in to stop the final three shots she faced, preserving the win for the Bulls.
In a match where scoring opportunities were few and far between, USF made the most of their four shots on goal putting two in the back of the net.
Overall, USF outshot Harvard, 8-7, but were out cornered, 7-3.
With the loss, Harvard falls to 1-2-1
Following today's contest, USF will turn its focus to BIG EAST conference play as they welcome Marquette to the USF Soccer Stadium on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
The win is the Bulls first come from behind win of the season... With the win, Denise Schilte-Brown brings her record at USF to 25-27-10... In its 15th season, the USF women's soccer program is 123-121-28 overall... The win is the first against an Ivy League school... USF's 19 goals so far in 2010 are the second most of the Denise Schilte-Brown era... USF is on pace to surpass last year's mark of 26... The assist by Angelique Waller was the second of her career... Junior Chelsea Klotz is now in third place with 148 career shot attempts and 36 shy of Siri Nordby's record 111 career shots on goal.