USF senior goalkeeper Jeff Attinella had four saves as the Bulls (6-2-3, 1-1-1 Big East) and Villanova (6-4-1, 2-0-1 Big East) played to a scoreless draw Saturday.
It was Attinella’s 26th career shutout and eighth this year. The Safety Harbor native hasn’t allowed a goal in more than 410 minutes.
The Bulls outshot the Wildcats 17-16 and 7-4 on goal.
Villanova goalkeeper Chris Bresnahan had seven saves.
USF, ranked No. 20 according to TopDrawerSoccer com. will close out its three-match road stretch when it faces DePaul on Wednesday before returning home to face West Virginia on Saturday.
– Phil Neary
Coming off a win against Pittsburgh on Saturday, USF failed to keep its momentum going against West Virginia on Sunday.
The Bulls (8-9, 4-2) lost to the Mountaineers (13-8, 3-3) in four sets, 25-19, 19-25, 16-25 and 16-25.
“We just didn’t come out and play with the effort that was needed to beat a great defensive team like West Virginia,” coach Claire Lessinger said. “But we were inconsistent and our effort was poor.”
Freshman middle blocker Andrea Rodriguez Gomez led the team in kills with nine along with 26 attacks, while freshman right side hitter Kayla Walton helped out with a .250 hitting percentage.
Senior right side hitter Allie Boaz, who had a career-high 28 kills against Pittsburgh, was shut down by the Mountaineers’ defense as she collected eight kills along with 30 attacks.
USF will continue its road trip against Georgetown on Saturday and Cincinnati on Oct. 23.
– Marc Seide
Women’s soccer shut out
After a 1-1 draw with Providence on Friday, the Bulls (7-4-3) were shut out 3-0 at Connecticut (7-6-2) on Sunday.
It was the third time this season the team failed to score, managing only two shots on goal.
Huskies’ sophomore Linda Ruutu scored midway through the first half, and UConn added two more goals to seal the 3-0 victory.
Junior forward Chelsea Klotz scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season in the 34th minute of a 1-1 draw against Providence (8-3-2) on Friday.
The goal put Klotz into a tie for sixth all-time in program history for goals scored.
It also marked a career high for the junior, who had nine goals last season.
– Ali Rames