TAMPA – It came down to the wire, but USF was able to outlast Miami to pick up the first win of the season, 1-0 on Sunday, after a two hour rain delay.
The Bulls got a second half goal from Sharla Passariello in the 51st minute, which turned out to be the eventual game winner.
“I think the girls stuck to the plan, they really believed in it and did really well,” head coach Denise Schilte-Brown said. “They played for each other and that was really important.”
The defenses controlled the game for both teams, but it was USF’s freshman keeper Christiane Endler who was the difference-maker. Endler made six saves and saw 12 shots overall from the Hurricanes, but posted a clean sheet, the first of her collegiate career.
“The confidence that Endler has that she’s going to get to some of those balls because of her reach and her confidence in goal I think it’s just going to settle things down for us in that final third, which is nice,” Schilte-Brown said.
Both teams struggled to get chances in the first half, but six minutes into the second period, Passariello stole an errant Miami pass and took a shot from outside the box to find the back of the net, giving USF the lone goal of the game.
“I think that they carried the energy from the second half on Friday over to today, which was nice,” Schilte-Brown said. “There was no first half getting their feet wet and I think they played well from the get-go.”
The Bulls pulled even to 1-1-0 on the season after win against Miami, who was coming off a 4-1 win over No. 21 Florida on Friday.
USF will travel to Bloomington, Ind. to face Indiana on Friday, and will not have another home match until Sept. 16 when they begin Big East play against Pittsburgh.