USF (5-4-2, 0-3-2 Big East)at Pittsburgh (2-7-2, 1-3-1 Big East); USF at No. 24 West Virginia (6-3-3, 3-0-1 Big East)
When: Tonight, 7; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Founders Field; Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium
The story: This weekend the Bulls play the first two games of a tough four-game conference road trip. The Bulls are winless in their last four games and have failed to register a win in the Big East Conference. In their last outing the Bulls were defeated 4-0 by Big East powerhouse and No. 7-ranked Notre Dame. The Bulls’ inability to win is coupled with their inability to score.
After scoring 14 goals in their first five games, the Bulls offense has stalled – in their last six games they have scored a total of three goals.
But on Friday, USF faces a team in Pittsburgh that is having problems of its own.
The Panthers are on a nine-game winless streak with their last victory coming against West Virginia on Sept. 1. Pittsburgh has managed only six goals on the entire season, and they are in the cellar of the Big East in terms of offensive performance – they are last in goals (6) and assists (5).
On Sunday, the Bulls travel to Morgantown to face the Mountaineers of West Virginia. West Virginia, the No. 24-ranked team in the country, is on a three-game winning streak and in third place in the Big East’s Division A. West Virginia represents the fourth ranked team USF faces this season – the Bulls are 0-3 against ranked opponents.
Keep an eye on: Erica Lewis. The senior midfielder is one of the Bulls’ most productive offensive players this season. Lewis is second on the team in goals (2) and points (6). She is aggressive as well, with 22 shots this season. For the Bulls to have any success this weekend, they are going to need Lewis to lead the Bulls’ attack.
– Tony Marquis