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SMU ends USF women’s soccer season at AAC semifinals

Women’s soccer closed its 2022-23 season in a 5-0 shutout loss to SMU. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO

USF traveled to Orlando for the AAC semifinals against No. 6 SMU on Thursday, but a 5-0 blowout from the Mustangs sent the Bulls home early from the tournament.

Less than seven minutes into the match, SMU sophomore defender Sammy Nieves found the bottom right of the net, slipping the ball past USF senior goalkeeper Sydney Martinez.

The Mustangs (10-3-5, 3-3-2 AAC) added to their 1-0 lead by the end of the first half with two more goals from senior midfielder Wayny Balata at the 18th minute and Nieves six minutes later.

Despite finishing the first half with four corner kicks and seven shots, South Florida (8-8, 5-3 AAC) was unable to place one in net.

Within two minutes of the second half starting, SMU’s Balata scored her second goal of the match, giving the Mustangs a 4-0 lead.

The Mustangs added their fifth and final goal at the 51st minute from graduate forward Jewel Boland.

Sophomore midfielder Chiara Hahn led the Bulls with four shots, one on goal on Thursday. Both freshman defender Signe Markvardsen and freshman midfielder Daniella Chung followed with two shots each.

South Florida ended their final match with 14 shots, three of which were on goal, eight corner kicks and eight fouls.