Three straight road games have resulted in the longest losing streak of the season for the women’s soccer team. The Bulls traveled to New Jersey on Friday and fell to Seton Hall 4-1. On Sunday, Rutgers dominated USF en route to a 5-0 victory.
During the three-game stretch that started at Connecticut on Sept. 24, the Bulls (5-4-1, 2-3) were outscored 12-1.
“These games were tough, and we made some mistakes,” coach Logan Fleck said. “When you give up early goals, you’re now playing at a tremendous disadvantage.”
Forward Katie Herr opened the scoring for Seton Hall (6-5, 2-2) only 6 minutes into the game. The Bulls responded when forward Lindsay Brauer scored her eighth goal of the season on a breakaway.
The game was tied 1-1 at halftime, but Herr scored twice during the second half, earning her first career hat trick. It was only the second time this season the Pirates have scored four goals.
“We’ve been allowing teams into games that we normally wouldn’t have,” junior midfielder Jeannette Dyer said. “But we have to step up and fix our mistakes.”
Sunday against Rutgers, the Bulls suffered their worst loss of the season.
After tallying two goals during the 11th minute, Rutgers never looked back. Rutgers (9-1-1, 4-0-1) used a complete team effort to defeat USF as five different players scored for the Scarlet Knights.
“When you allow two soft goals early on, you’re forced into playing aggressively,” Fleck said. “That leads to mistakes and scoring chances for the other team.”
Fleck feels his team is still in position to finish the season strong. As he has stressed all season, the team takes each game one at a time.
“I’ve moved on already; I don’t sit and stew about each game,” Fleck said. “This road trip has been tough on our team. Each individual must look at themselves and figure out what they contribute to our team.”