The USF women’s soccer team (4-6-2, 3-3-0 C-USA) will do its version of the Texas two-step with games at Houston and TCU this weekend.
“I always look forward to going to Texas,” coach Logan Fleck said. “Last year we went during a pivotal place in the season and this year will be the same thing.”
With four games left in their schedule, it’s make-or-break time for the Bulls.Of the four remaining matches, three are on the road and all are versus Conference USA opponents.
To make the C-USA tournament, the Bulls must finish at least eighth in the 14-team conference. They are tied for eighth with East Carolina and Charlotte.
“Right now (the conference) is like one of those high school experiments where you have a cloudy beaker full of stuff, and given a little time it will all clear up,” Fleck said. “The only thing we can do right now is be concerned not with the math, but with winning two games on the road.”
Friday the Bulls play at struggling Houston, a squad that has lost six consecutive games. The Cougars (4-12-0, 1-6-0 C-USA) scored only one goal during the skid. USF, on the other hand, has scored nine goals in its last four games and has allowed only two goals. The Bulls went 3-1 in that stretch.
Sunday the Bulls play at TCU. The Horned Frogs (5-10-0, 3-4-0 C-USA) have lost three straight contests.
“I think we’re playing better now; we’re playing more in rhythm and we’re seeing some things now that we missed earlier in the year,” Fleck said.
“Earlier in the season, we weren’t clicking. A younger coach probably would have said everything is disastrous, but what you learn is you just work hard every day and you wait to see what happens.”
During their most recent road trip, the Bulls came away with two conference wins against Southern Miss and Tulane. Fleck says he has seen his team grow.
“We’re learning how to play together as a unit right now,” Fleck said. “And we’re also learning how to solve things as they happen on the field, and that’s coming from experience. We’re starting to get a little seasoned.”
The Bulls may be without team leader Erica Lewis following her arrest Saturday.