Soccer looks for a boost after shutout

Jacksonville University comes to Tampa tonight to take on the USF women’s soccer team, which looks to rebound from a tough 3-0 loss to FSU last Wednesday.

USF, which has not played since being shutout by the Seminoles, hopes to use this game to regain the momentum of a three-game winning streak halted by that loss.

Coach Logan Fleck said he thought the time off helped his team repair its wounds.

“We needed (the time off) because we had three games in six days” Fleck said. “Because they’re so young, they’ve been putting everything they have out there on the field.”

Specifically, Fleck said he wants to see the players improve lines of communication, which will translate into better passing and more scoring chances. The young team has improved though, as the Bulls (4-4-1, 3-0-1) are second in Conference USA in goals scored in conference games.

The Dolphins (7-6-0) come to town high off a big 9-1 win over Atlantic Sun Conference foe Mercer. On paper, JU and USF look evenly matched. The Dolphins lost by a score of 3-1 to both FSU and Miami, two teams that also handed USF similar defeats beating them 3-0 and 2-1. Both teams have a 1-3 record against other Florida teams this season and the Bulls are 1-2 against Atlantic Sun opponents.

“I think they’re a good team,” Fleck said. “I think every game we play with them is a tough one.”

And while the team’s second place standing in C-USA is not on the line, a win tonight could help the Bulls’ confidence before a weekend of travel when they go on the road to Tulane and Southern Mississippi.

“We have not hit our full potential, ” Fleck said. “We still have a lot of maturing to do to play at this level.”