USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The usual one game is no bigger than another thought goes out the window when it comes to the USF women's soccer team's next one.
The Bulls host defending national champion Notre Dame on Thursday in a contest that will be televised across the country by the Fox Soccer Channel.
"They always have that lingering excitement towards getting the opportunity of playing the national champions," head coach Denise Schilte-Brown told the media Tuesday afternoon. "To get to do it in your own stadium, your brand new stadium on national television, I don't think we could ask for a better situation."
USF has a poster in its locker room that counts down the days until its next game and senior defender/midfielder Valorie O'Brien had a huge smile on her face knowing Thursday is almost here.
"It's unreal but it's exhilarating to know that it's coming up," she said. "To think back when we weren't even ranked and now we're facing the defending national champions, it's really, really exciting."
One particular Bull will be front and center during the game as well.
Senior Chelsea Klotz has been chosen by the American Youth Soccer Organization as its featured player of the game. The forward has worked with the organization in the past and will be highlighted during the beginning of the television broadcast.
"We're really proud of all of our players and what they bring as players, but they're really exceptional people," Schilte-Brown said. "You don't get to see a lot of that when you come and watch the games."
USF (4-3-2) has been building up its game heading into Thursday and comes off a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Pittsburgh. The Bulls have scored two or more goals in four of its past nine contests.
"I feel like we're in a great spot going into the Notre Dame game," Schilte-Brown said.