By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Each time Pittsburgh took the lead. Each time the Bulls answered back.
The USF women’s soccer team played to a 2-2 double-overtime tie on the road against the Panthers on Sunday in the Bulls’ second Big East test of the season.
“We gave up two errors that were goals, but responded really well,” head coach Denise Schilte-Brown said. “Points on the road, we’ll take it.”
Pitt (2-6-2) struck first in the 47th minute with a goal from Ali Matisse.
It only took 13 seconds later on the restart for USF (4-3-2) to answer back. Demi Stokes’ cross was defended by the keeper and Taylor Patterson was there to put the rebound away.
Katelyn Lippert put Pitt ahead about three minutes later, traveling through the midfield and shooting from the right side.
It was Stokes’ turn about 10 minutes later to even the score. Molly Stack placed a corner kick in front of the net and Stokes found a way to get it in for what proved to be the final goal.
“We were on the road. The environment was new to us and it was a turf field,” Schilte-Brown said. “I think that we were prepared for the game and came out strong.”
USF continues Big East play with a nationally televised home game against defending national champion Notre Dame on Thursday at 7 p.m. The contest will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.