By SEAN BAROWS
TAMPA - Sarah Miller tallied the game's only goal as the Bulls defeated FGCU in their final spring exhibition match on Saturday at Corbett Stadium.
The win capped off an impressive slate of games for the Bulls who finished with a 4-1-1 record against some of the nation's top teams and gave up only one goal in the process.
Four of USF's six opponents advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season with three finishing the season ranked in the top 20.
“To come away with two really good results out of those three games and give up one goal in six games, I think we’re really pleased,” co-head coach Chris Brown said. “We told the girls at the end of the game on Saturday that although we’re really happy and pleased with where we’re at, this is kind of the standard that we have to set for ourselves and try and get better from there.”
Although getting results against top schools was great for the team’s confidence, this spring allowed the team to implement some new tactics as well as build a strong chemistry amongst the returning players.
“We had some goals in mind in terms of different phases of the game, both on the offensive side and the defensive side, and I think the girls were really open and focused on what we were trying to do,” Brown said. “From what we got accomplished across the board this was definitely the best spring that we’ve had here at USF.
The girls will now have the summer off before returning to practice in the fall to prepare for the 2013 season.
“I think our main objective for them is to go home and continue to not forget about the things we’ve worked on tactically here and to continue to treat their physical and mental preparation professionally.”
According to Brown, not being able to continue to work with the team throughout the summer is unfortunate because of the progress they have made this spring, but he realizes that everyone is in the same boat and believes the girls will be in a great position to succeed this fall.
“Obviously we told them this spring, you guys proved you can play and beat anybody in the country.”