Missed chances hurt Bulls at home

The USF women’s soccer team looked like a squad trying to replace its three leading scorers on Sunday. The Bulls had limited chances in the second half, and an ugly Miami goal was the difference in a 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes at the USF Soccer Stadium.

Scoring chances were limited for the Bulls in the second half, but midfielder Rachel Ross had a prime opportunity midway through the second half. Ross blasted a shot wide left of the net from just inside the 18-yard box, keeping the score tied at one.

“I just didn’t get my hips squared like I should have,” Ross said. “I probably had another second.”

The Hurricanes’ go-ahead goal was the result of the Bulls’ inability to clear a ball near their own net. With the score locked in the 80th minute of play, Miami freshman Shannon Sanquinetti headed in a ball that bounced over the head of USF goalkeeper Breck Bankester, handing the Bulls their second loss of the season.

Bulls head coach Logan Fleck was not overly disappointed with the team’s effort. “I feel like we were in that game,” Fleck said. “A lot of people thought that we would get beat 8-0.”

Fleck hopes the Bulls’ young team will benefit from the loss.

“I like our inexperience and our naivete, which is against us now,” Fleck said. “(But) maybe eight games from now, hopefully, going through these tough games, we are going to learn to turn it around.”

After a fairly even first half in which both teams recorded nine shots, USF was out shot 11-3 in the second half. Young and inexperienced USF front players were able to produce very few scoring chances in that half.

The Hurricanes were able to get on the board first in the 14th minute when midfielder Kristen Chapman lifted a shot over Bankester, who got a hand on it but couldn’t keep the ball out of the net. Immediately after the Hurricane goal, the Bulls tried to strike back.

Nataly Arcila had a good scoring chance but failed to capitalize, and Jenny Mulvihill later clanged a shot past Miami goalkeeper Alex Alford that was stopped by the goalpost.

Laura Tucker recorded the Bulls’ only goal. In the 25th minute of play midfielder Katie Reed booted a corner kick to the top of the box toward Tucker, who knocked it down and threaded a shot through a pack of Miami defenders.