Talk about a rough weekend.
For the second week in a row, the USF womenÃs soccer team dropped both of its weekendÃs contests as the Bulls lost to East Carolina 3-2 Friday and 4-0 to Saint Louis Sunday.
Those losses come on the heels of the BullsÃ defeats to DePaul and FSU last week.
FridayÃs loss to East Carolina marked an eerie resemblance to the BullsÃ loss to FSU Sept. 22. Against the Seminoles, the Bulls gave up three goals in a 25-minute span and then put up a furious comeback, but fell short 3-2. Friday, the Bulls gave up three goals in an eight-minute span.
The Pirates were led by leading goal scorers Meghan McCallion and Amanda Duffy. Sarah Stolz delivered a pass down the right side to McCallion, who took the ball inside the 18 and nailed the shot to the left side for her seventh goal of the year. A minute later, Melissa Penney delivered an assist to Duffy as she scored her fourth goal of the year. Six minutes later, Duffy scored her second goal of the afternoon off a pass from Ashley Stopa. Despite being outshot 9-7 in the first half, the Pirates had a 3-0 lead. However, with their backs against the wall, the Bulls responded.
In the 65th minute, senior forward Aleia Long received a beautiful ball from sophomore Kim Martins, then beat Pirates goalkeeper Lauren Church with a shot to the left side. Ten minutes later, Kristan Scotland delivered a pass to a streaking Tara Escribano, who then ripped a shot to notch the first goal of her career.
With two goals already in the first half, momentum was on the BullsÃ side. But despite several close chances, the Bulls couldnÃt reach the scoreboard for the rest of the night. USF (3-6) did dominate possession though, outshooting the Pirates 18-10.
Coming into Sunday, the Bulls hadnÃt beaten Saint Louis on the road in their seven-year history, holding an overall record of 1-3-1 vs. the Billikens. The Bulls came up short to the Billikens for the fourth time, losing 4-0 before a crowd of 540.
The Billikens got off to a fast start, as senior Jenny Kehl put Saint Louis on the scoreboard with an eight-yard shot over Bulls goalkeeper Breck Bankester. In the 34th minute, a streaking Anny Lucier received a ball from senior Erin Schwetye as she scored in an open net. USF was outshot 6-1 and in corner kicks 4-1 in the first half. The second half wouldnÃt get much better as Schwetye delivered her third assist of the afternoon to Christy Cigno in the 51st minute for her first goal of the year. In the 58th minute, Kehl scored her second goal of the match off a pass from Kara Kornfield.
USF made too many mistakes, recording 21 fouls to Saint LouisÃ 10. USF was outshot 9-4 for the match as it was shut out for the third time this year.