Although USF defeated St. Leo handedly 2-0, it was more of the same for the Bulls as they continue to outshoot their opponents but not get enough to land in the back of the net.
Senior forward Aubrey Megrath got the first goal of the night after punching in a saved shot from senior Andrea Hauksdottir. Hauksdottir hit a solid shot which was driven away from the goal by Alyssa Abernot. MeGreath was in the right spot at the right time and found the back of the net in the 17th minute.
USF (2-1) continued to get good looks, and subbing in a platoon of players from the bench, but struggled to get another goal. They even had a chance at a penalty kick in the 75th minute after a handball was called inside St. Leo’s box. The shot by Hauksdottir was saved by Abernot and the there wasn’t enough follow up by USF to take advantage.
But Hauksdottir stopped. Great save. Still 1-0 with 14 minutes left. pic.twitter.com/ufyDq4t90K— Darek Sharp (@DarekSharp) August 29, 2019
USF finally got another breakthrough in the 86th minute, when Andrea Hauksdottir got her elusive goal on a breakaway. She moved around her defender and hit a beautiful curling pass around the fingertips of the St. Leo goalkeeper.
The Bulls outshot St. Leo 23-2, and St. Leo did not get a shot off until midway through the second half. A strong defensive effort by a whole cast of Bulls as head coach Denise Schulte-Brown used 12 substitutions to keep legs fresh and get some freshmen some valuable playing time. Star senior Evelyne Viens did not play tonight to rest.
Grim news for USF occurred in the 34th minute as sophomore defender Camryn Lizardi went down with what appears to be a serious leg injury, she was carted off the field and immediately attended to.
Unfortunately, the bad news continued for USF as their scheduled game against Ohio State on Sunday has been cancelled due to threats by Hurricane Dorian. They’ll have eight full days of rest until their next game, where they’ll travel to San Antonio to play Rice next Friday at 6 p.m. They’ll then stay the weekend in San Antonio where they’ll battle UTSA on Sunday.