The USF women?s soccer team lost its season opener 4-1 to Utah Sunday. What better way for the Bulls to get their first victory than to beat their former assistant coach.
The Bulls play Stetson tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the USF Soccer Stadium. The match will mark Julie Orlowski?s return to USF for the first time since leaving to become Stetson?s head coach July 20.
?This team will not overlook anybody, especially Stetson since Julie is there,? said USF coach Logan Fleck. ?She?s got a very good, athletic goalkeeper and she knows a lot of us. We?ll wish her luck ? right up until the whistle blows.?
After his team?s loss to Utah, Fleck sensed a lack of togetherness.
?They (Stetson) will be well coached and organized. We can?t just play individualistic.?
The Hatters are coming off a visit to Orlando in which they were routed 5-0 by Liberty in Orlowski?s debut, but then rebounded with a 3-2 victory against Lipscomb Monday.
A few players to watch for Stetson include Felicia Dhanini, a very fast attacking player, and Emma Strom, who tallied the game-winning goal to go along with an assist against Lipscomb.
Defending the two will be a little harder than usual for the Bulls because of defender Jamie Anderson?s red card in the Utah match. Anderson was ejected for pushing a Utah player in retaliation. Freshman defender Lyndrea Sutherland will be making her first collegiate start to replace Anderson.
?She (Anderson) has to sit because of that immature response. She cost the team and herself,? Fleck said. ?So it?ll be an interesting game. We should be ready to prove something, that?s for damn sure.?
Fleck looks for the Bulls to show him they can compete together better.
?Even our 15-3-1 team (in 1998) only beat them (Stetson) 1-0,? Fleck said. ?So for whatever reason, they really get up for us.?
Chris Lemke covers women’s soccer. Contact him at email@example.com