The latest NSCAA women’s soccer rankings came out on Tuesday, and USF was ranked inside the top 15 for the first time in program history.
With a perfect 5-0-0 record, the Bulls reached #14 in the latest poll. 2016 looked to be a rebuilding year. Instead, the young, opportunistic USF squad has outscored opponents 12-4 so far through the season, posting three clean sheets.
It wasn’t too long ago that the program was ho-hum and an NCAA appearance was an exciting rarity. Now, after successive trips to the NCAA tournament and four 10-win seasons in a row, a chance at the conference title and another trip to the NCAA Tournament has become the expectation for the program. Under coach Denise Schilte-Brown, It has become one of the growing number of elite programs on campus.
The women return home for a match against the Jacksonville Dolphins Thursday at 5:00 p.m., then hit the road for an encounter with Georgia Southern on Sunday.
The road was not kind to the USF men’s team this past weekend as they dropped a pair of 4-1 routs at Virginia Tech and at #7 Maryland.
Luis Garza registered both goal for the Bulls (0-2-2) in games that saw USF statistically outplayed. Against Virginia Tech, the Bulls were massively outshot 17-2, with USF’s only goal coming in the third minute. Against Maryland, USF was outshot 11-6.
Six different Bulls were booked over the two games, with Ricardo Gomez getting sent off vs. Maryland. He will be unavailable for the next game against Jacksonville.
The men’s team play again following the women’s team Thursday night, also facing Jacksonville. They need to get back on track quickly to right a season that started with very high expectations.