No. 7 West Virginia (9-1-2, 3-1-1) at USF (5-5-1, 2-3)When: Tonight, 7:30Where: USF Soccer Stadium
The story: After dropping all three games during its longest road trip of the season, the women’s soccer team begins a four-game homestand tonight against West Virginia. The Mountaineers are ranked No. 7 according to the NSCAA/adidas poll and lead the Big East American Division with a 3-1-1 conference record. The Bulls are 1-1 against ranked conference opponents this season.
Offensively, USF turns to forward Lindsay Brauer, who leads the team in goals (8), assists (4), points (20) and shots (46).
The Bulls wrap up the weekend by hosting Pittsburgh (7-3-2, 2-2-1). Both teams are coming off 5-0 road losses and look to gain ground on West Virginia in the American Division.
Bulls goalkeeper Casey Garrett will have to slow down a powerful offense that has recorded 62 points through 12 games.
Keep an eye on: West Virginia forward Deanna Everett. The sophomore leads the Big East in goals (12), is tied for first in points (28) and third in shots (50). The Mountaineers have scored a Big East-leading 41 goals this season while holding opponents to only 35 shots on goal in 12 games.- Brendan Galella