The women’s soccer team continued their winning ways with a 3-0 victory over American University on a hot Sunday afternoon at Corbett.
The 3-5-2 formation may not be permanent, but Denise Schilte-Brown deployed it again today. This time the Bulls did not make any fatal defensive errors. One or two nervy moments led to keeper Kat Elliott making 5 saves on the day, but the back line largely held American in check.
On the offensive end, USF had open season on the net for 27 total shots to American’s 6. Evelyne Viens shook the frame twice in the first half, but it was freshman Kylee Burroughs that broke the deadlock in the 25th minute. Andrea Hauksdottir sent a free kick into the box that rebounded off Sabrina Wagner. Burroughs found it with her head and lifted it over keeper Amy Krotine for her first career goal.
Hauksdottir would score a goal herself from the penalty spot in the 34th minute. As Ashley Meade ran into the box, she was taken down from behind by an American defender. Hauksdottir calmly hammered the penalty into the left side netting.
Viens would get her name on the score sheet in the second half. As Aubrey Megrath went on a run in the offensive third, she was fouled just outside the 18-yard box. Megrath popped back to her feet and took the free kick quickly, passing to Viens, who pounded the ball into the top of the net before any American player could really react.
After the game, Coach Schilte-Brown commented specifically on Megrath and Burroughs. She was happy with the amount of shots taken by Megrath (six shots, three on target), and was proud of Burroughs for getting her first career goal, commenting that both girls are “relentless with work rate.” Coach Schilte-Brown also said she was looking ahead to the upcoming road trip to Alabama on Thursday, saying, "It’s just us. Time together where we can get a lot more soccer done.”
The Bulls hit the road for the first time this year at Alabama on Thursday. They return home next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for a monster clash with North Carolina, ranked in the top 10 of every preseason women’s soccer poll.