By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - USF is the talk of the Big East this week when it comes to women's soccer.
The Bulls have won two of the conference's top three awards with Christiane Endler being named Big East Goalkeeper of the week and Taylor Patterson representing USF as the Big East Defensive Player of the Week.
Endler has seven shutouts this season and posted two of them this past weekend during 1-0 wins over Connecticut and Providence while making 10 saves. The freshman ranks in the top five in the Big East in goals against average (0.76), save percentage (.836), saves (56), shutouts and shutouts per game (0.50).
"She obviously has a lot of maturity in the goal and a lot of experience. She's phenomenal for a freshman," head coach Denise Schilte-Brown said.
Patterson played all 180 minutes of USF's two wins and earned the player of the week honor for the first time a week after making the Big East's weekly honor roll.
USF (8-4-2, 4-1-2) is 4-0-1 in is past five games and gets to host a pair of Big East opponents this week. The Bulls take on Syracuse on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and face St. John's in their regular season home finale 1 p.m. Sunday at Corbett Soccer Stadium. Purchase tickets HERE.