Women’s soccer splits two

USF’s match against Austin Peay was delayed nearly three hours because of rain.

However, the few fans that stayed to watch saw a lot of offense.

Freshman Brittany Burt scored two goals and USF (2-3-1) used a four-goal first half en route to a 6-0 blasting of Austin Peay (1-4-1) Friday night at the USF soccer stadium.

“It’s good for us to finally get some goals,” Burt said. “I think it will give us some confidence for the bigger games coming up.”

Midfielder Valorie O’Brien scored the first of her career to put USF on the board in the 19th minute, and within the next 15 minutes, USF had three more goals from sophomores Chelsea Klotz and Noelle Pineiro, and from Burt.

USF wasn’t done, though. The Bulls scored two in the second half. Burt scored her second in the 66th minute, and junior Lindsey Krakower scored with 10 minutes left in the game.

“I felt like we haven’t been playing our best on Friday nights,” said USF coach Denise Schilte-Brown. “I think what we’re most proud of is that the girls executed a lot things that we asked them to do.”

After Friday’s blowout, the Bulls traveled to UCF (5-1-1) Sunday.

USF stayed close with UCF the entire match despite being outshot 13-4.

“I felt the team played a really great first half, and in the second half we need to come out harder,” Schilte-Brown said.

On the brink of overtime, UCF’s Nicolette Radovcic received a pass at the top of the box and blew a shot past USF goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi with a minute to go in regulation, giving UCF the 1-0 win.

“We’re going to take our time to analyze the second half of the (UCF) game,” Schilte-Brown said. “We need to capitalize on our opportunities.”