Tom Hagerty

Chance Sends Bulls to Big East Semis

October 28, 2012
Team 1      2      OT1    
Louisville 0



USF Senior Writer

TAMPA – The Bulls found themselves in a shootout with Louisville with the season on the line, but it was all good Sunday at Corbett Stadium.

Freshman Olivia Chance set up, jogged to the ball and sent the USF women’s soccer team to the Big East semifinals as the Bulls edged the Cardinals, 4-3, in penalty kicks. Freshman keeper Christiane Endler continued to be a force in front of the net and made a diving stop during the shootout to help the Bulls gain an advantage as the excitement mounted in front of an electric home crowd.

USF will face Georgetown 6:30 p.m. Friday in Storrs, Conn., after the Hoyas defeated DePaul, 1-0, in the quarterfinals earlier Sunday.

Head coach Denise Schilte-Brown’s smile at the end of the celebration matched the Bulls’ demeanor heading into the pressure-packed shootout as the Bulls found it easy to keep their cool.

“I didn’t have to say much, which is nice. I think when you’re prepared in advance there isn’t a lot that you have to say,” Schilte-Brown said. “We knew who our shooters were going into the game. We knew Christiane is amazing, so I felt confident that she would save a shot, at least.”

Endler was a part of nine shutouts during the regular season and secured another through Sunday’s overtimes by making eight saves, including a diving stop at close range in the final 2 minutes of regulation.

“She always has our back. The shots that she saved are amazing. They should be in, but they’re not,” Chance said.

USF’s defense hung tough after regulation and strong individual efforts on offense made the total team effort a memorable one. Sharla Passariello, Jessica Clark, Demi Stokes each scored in the shootout before it all came down to the freshman from New Zealand to send the final shot home.

“She’s an international player, a confident girl. We saved her for last because we knew she could handle the pressure,” said Schilte-Brown of Chance.

USF (10-5-3) now shifts its attention to a Georgetown team it has yet to face this season and the Bulls already are pumped up for more success in the Big East’s final four.

“We keep fighting and I think next week we’re going to dig and get the goals that we need,” Chance said.








USF G A Shots
Chance, Olivia
0 0 3
Louisville G A Shots
Corral, Charlyn
0 0 7
USF Min. GA Saves
Endler, Christiane 120:00 0 8
Louisville Min. GA Saves
Kiefer, Chloe
120:00 0 7



































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