After qualifying for the AAC tournament in a win-or-go-home match against Tulsa on Oct. 30 and then defeating Cincinnati 4-3 in penalty kicks in the first round, the USF women’s soccer team ended its chances at a conference title with a 2-0 loss at first-seeded UConn on Friday night.
USF advanced past the Bearcats on a late penalty kick by Leticia Skeete after holding them scoreless in regulation. But Friday night in Storrs, Connecticut, the Huskies jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first half that proved to be too much for USF.
Rachel Hill of UConn opened the scoring with a goal in the 38th minute, which was soon followed up with Stephanie Ribeiro’s nation-leading 20th goal of the season in the 50th minute.
The Bulls, who finish the season with a 12-4-3 record, will find out if their season will continue in the NCAA Tournament tonight at 7 when the qualifying teams are revealed at the selection show.
Men’s Soccer ends regular season with ninth shutout
With first place in the AAC already secure, the USF men’s soccer team won its fourth-straight match, defeating Temple 1-0 at Corbett Soccer Stadium on Saturday.
With eight seniors to honor for senior night, USF’s defense continued its streak of excellence with its fifth-consecutive shutout in conference play.
Senior goalkeeper Spasoje Stefanovic, who has allowed only one goal in conference play, made three saves to ensure USF’s only goal — a strike from freshman Luis Garza in the 63rd minute — would be all the Bulls needed for the win.
“(Stefanovic is) playing some of the best that I’ve seen him down the stretch,” USF coach George Kiefer said in a release. “It’s difficult to get one past him. Now that the team is better defensively, we’re doing a really good job right now.”
USF (9-6-2, 6-1) will begin postseason play when it hosts fourth-seeded UCF on Friday at 7 p.m. at Corbett Soccer Stadium to kick off the AAC tournament.
Volleyball loses to Memphis in five sets
Despite winning the first set against Memphis in Tennessee on Friday, the USF volleyball team dropped three of the next four sets in a loss to the Tigers.
Backed by a season-high 18 kills from senior outside hitter Denise Belcher, USF played the Tigers close until faltering in the final set (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 24-26, 15-8).
The loss gives the Bulls three in a row and four in their last six as they prepare to travel to play Tulsa at 8 p.m. on Thursday.