USF Falls to WVU, 1-0, in BIG EAST Final
PISCATAWAY, NJ - Playing in their first BIG EAST Championship Final, the University of South Florida women's soccer team fell to West Virginia, 1-0, on a late goal by WVU's Meghan Lewis in the 82nd minute Sunday afternoon in Piscataway, NJ at Rutgers' Yurcak Stadium.
The loss snaps the Bulls six match winning streak.
The two teams traded blows throughout in what was a very physical match, with the teams combining to be whistled for 22 fouls.
Following a scoreless first half in which the Bulls and Mountaineers totaled just one shot on goal, the Bulls came out firing with eight second half shot with three of them being on goal but none finding the back of the net.
With the match knotted at zero, sophomore Taylor Patterson nearly gave the Bulls the go ahead goal in the 74th minute but her shot from the far side ricocheted off the right post and then Boo Eagle's shot off the rebound sailed high.
Just moments later on the ensuring counter attack, junior Nicole McClure preserved the scoreless tie with a diving save on a shot from WVU's Meghan Mischler.
West Virginia would break the scoreless tie at the 81:52 mark following a failed clearance off a corner kick, Lewis corralled the loose ball and sent a low shot towards the goal, finding the bottom right corner of the net for what would prove to be the eventual game-winner.
For most of the first half, the Bulls had a stiff wind which dictated play for both teams.
The Bulls weathered having the wind in the first half, halting any West Virginia offense attack.
For the match, USF was outshot 13-9 and trailed 5-3 in shots on goal.
The shutout marked just the fourth time the Bulls' had not scored in a match this season.
USF will now await their NCAA fate.
Expected to here their named called as one of the 64 teams selected into the NCAA Championship, it will mark the program's first NCAA tournament appearance.
The selection show will air Monday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Last year the BIG EAST had seven teams in the NCAA Championship, one shy of the league record eight set in 2001.
USF is now 3-3 in six BIG EAST Championship matches... USF is 1-5-1 all-time against West Virginia.. The match was the first BIG EAST Championship finals appearance for the Bulls and the second for the program overall... The first was in 1998 as members of Conference-USA... USF is 0-2 in conference tournament finals... In her four seasons at USF Schilte-Brown has amassed a record of 33-31-12 and a 127-100- 29 slate overall.
All-Tournament Team Elise Fugowski, Connecticut Taylor Madigan, Marquette Rachel Brown, Marquette Angelique Waller, USF Venicia Reid, USF Chelsea Klotz, USF Blake Miller, West Virginia Megan Mischler, West Virginia Bry McCarthy, West Virginia Meghan Lewis, West Virginia Kerri Butler, West Virginia
Most Outstanding Defensive Player Kerri Butler, West Virginia
Most Outstanding Offensive Player Meghan Lewis, West Virginia