USF women’s soccer senior striker Evelyne Viens scored two quick goals in the second half of the American Athletic Conference tournament final to give the Bulls a 2-0 win over Memphis. This is USF’s second AAC tournament title in three years, and third straight appearance in the final over the same span.
The Bulls controlled the play from the start, playing most of the game on the Memphis half of the field, firing 14 shots at Tigers’ keeper Elisabeth Moberg with eight of them on frame.
The Tigers didn’t register their first shot until the 50th minute, thanks in large part to stifling defense from the Bulls and aggressive goal keeping from Sydney Martinez to attack any ball in the final third of the pitch.
The brace from Viens was her 19th career multi-goal game, and gave her 20 goals on the season. Sophomore Sydny Nasello notched her eighth assist of the season on the first goal by Viens. Freshman defender Lucy Roberts earned her first career assist with a beautiful long ball to Viens for the second goal of the night. [Memphis scorekeepers recorded the assists to other Bulls. Shout out Darek Sharp for correct info.]
With the win, USF has won either the AAC regular season crown or the AAC tournament title in each of the last three years. The Bulls have earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show will be at 4:30 p.m. on Monday on the NCAA website.