TAMPA – Two of the Big East’s best clashed Friday night, and USF emerged with its third-straight win.
The Bulls leapfrogged Syracuse to take second place in the Big East’s American Division after a 1-0 win in front of 828 fans on the start of 'Alumni Weekend' at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
As USF continues its climb in the standings, head coach Denise Schilte-Brown is happy to see her team take care of its opponents.
“We just have to keep the momentum going,” Schilte-Brown said. “They’re pretty hungry right now.”
Senior defender Kelly Campbell displayed her offensive prowess in the 10th minute when she tallied the only goal of the match—and her first goal of the year—thanks to Taylor Patterson’s fourth assist of the season. According to Schilte-Brown, Campbell said she would score a goal tonight.
Kayla Bala’s header, which bounced off of the top left crossbar, was the play that initiated the Bulls’ scoring attack.
Although Syracuse outshot USF 18-6, Christiane Endler recorded five saves, and she has not allowed more than one goal in the last 10 matches.
“We are working very hard,” Endler said. “We have to keep practicing, training and doing well.”
Endler later collided with Diana Saenz, but Syracuse squandered the empty net opportunity and USF preserved its seventh shutout of the year.
The Bulls were very aggressive on the attack to begin the second half, and their best scoring opportunity—a Sharla Passariello one-on-one shot—sailed over the top on the net.
The Bulls will be back in action 1 p.m. Sunday Oct. 14 at Corbett Soccer Stadium against St. Johns for their last home game of year.