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USF women’s soccer blanks LIU, Mississippi State

Senior midfielder Olivia Chance scored two goals against Mississippi State on Sunday morning. Chance, a New Zealand native, also added an assist. ORACLE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU

The women’s soccer team kicked off its regular-season home schedule with a pair of shutouts Friday and Sunday.

The Bulls (3-0) opened with a 5-0 rout of LIU-Brooklyn and finished with a 3-0 victory over winless Mississippi State.

“I think what gets me most excited is the number of goals we’re scoring because that was the initiative,” coach Denise Schilte-Brown said. “We have to get more opportunities on goal. We have to score more goals and the team is responding well.”

USF took advantage early, with a shot by senior Olivia Chance just 12 minutes into the match off a feed from forward Leticia Skeete.

Skeete scored the eighth goal of her career in the 56th minute and Chance put the finishing touches on the win with another in the 64th. 

The Bulls outshot the Bulldogs (0-4) 12-7 overall and 8-1 in the second half. They previously defeated Baylor 2-1 in double overtime in Waco, Texas.

After a rain delay held up USF’s opener against LIU nearly two hours, USF senior defender Cristina Ferral opened the scoring in the 38th minute. After cutting across an LIU defender, she lobbed a 23-yard shot over goalkeeper Jessica Montrose and toward the back post.

“I couldn’t believe that goal I scored,” Ferral said. “Coach always told us about the confidence that we should have and I really believed in myself when I scored that goal.”

Junior transfer Trudi Carter scored the second goal for the Bulls in the 56th minute followed by Chance’s 20 seconds later. 

After Skeete dribbled past LIU defenders on the left side of the box and crossed it in, Chance was the first to reach the ball, but her shot was deflected straight to Carter who easily kicked it to the back of the net for the fourth goal in the game.

The Bulls continued to pressure the LIU defense, which eventually led to the fifth and final goal of the match. After a short free kick from LIU that landed at the feet of USF senior defender Sienna Brooks, the Bulls were able to get the ball to open freshman Ocean Parr, who lobbed it over Montrose from outside the box.

USF goalkeeper Kat Elliot finished the game with just one save.

Additional reporting by Chris Villar