In front of a crowd of 2,011 in attendance at Corbett Stadium, USF played tough but couldn’t find the back of the net as they fell to in-state rival Florida 2-0 in the second regular season game of the 2019 season.
FINAL: Bulls fall to Gators 2-0.— USF Women's Soccer (@USFWSOC) August 26, 2019
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USF held the shot advantage all night by totaling 20 shots to Florida’s four, but Gator goalkeeper Susi Espinoza stood strong and collected eight saves on the night. On the other side, freshman Katrina Haarmann got her first collegiate start and gave strong commands all night to her back line of defense.
USF’s defense snuffed out many opportunities in the first half but in the second half, UF adjusted by having striker Deanne Rose come into the game. Rose, who played for the Canadian National team, used her speed to torch the Bulls’ defense. On the first goal of the night, Rose sprinted down the pitch and found Kit Loferski across the goal to slot home an easy score. The second goal came unassisted on a counter attack by the Gators, where Rose made a move to her dominant right foot and sent one right past Haarmann.
USF would continue to put pressure on Florida all night, getting multiple chances and scoring opportunities. However, shots were getting blocked by the back four defenders by UF, and Espinoza seemed to always be in the perfect position to make a save.
Evelyne Viens and Syndy Nasello combined for 10 shots each, six of them on goal, and all saved by Espinoza. Speaking to the frustration of outshooting their opponent, head coach Denise Shulte-Brown put it frankly “there’s gotta be a time in soccer where it just wasn’t meant to be today.”
Three freshman would play significant minutes tonight with defender Lucy Roberts and the aforementioned Katrina Haarmann playing the full 90 minutes. Rosalia Muiño Gonzalez came off the bench once again and played 41 minutes between the first and second half.
USF will travel to play St. Leo this Thursday before returning to Corbett to face Ohio State University this Sunday at 6 p.m.