By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The USF women’s soccer team learned a valuable lesson about intensity in a 1-0 home loss to Vanderbilt on Friday night.
“We have put a focus on starting the game quickly, and today we had some trouble getting going early on,” Bulls head coach Denise Schilte-Brown said.
“We have to give credit to Vanderbilt, which is a young team that came out quick and was very hungry.”
USF managed three shots on goal in the first half while Vanderbilt broke through in the 36th minute with an unassisted score by Emily Grant.
The Bulls (2-2) outshot Vanderbilt, 6-1, in the second half but failed to capitalize on scoring chances in an attempt to win their third straight game.
“We did some good things in the second half and were able to get a number of chances, but couldn’t put one in the net,” Schilte-Brown said.
USF will have an opportunity to bounce back quickly at home when it faces Murray State on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“We have to be able to learn something from tonight’s game but also be able to put it past us and move on to another test on Sunday against Murray State,” Schilte-Brown said.