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USF Athletics Weekend Round-Up 3/26-28

Women’s soccer and softball continue to shine, men’s soccer loses a heartbreaker, and baseball ends the weekend on a losing streak.

South Florida v Cincinnati Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Basketball may be over on East Fowler Avenue, but the rest of the athletic department continues to be in full swing with volleyball and men’s soccer in the war on I-4, women’s soccer continuing their unbeaten streak, and softball extending their winning streak.

Green Team defeats White Team 31-21 in Jeff Scott’s first Spring Game.

QB Cade Fortin solidified his pitch for QB1 leading three scoring drives in his half of action. True freshman QB Timmy McClain also was impressive leading a couple of scoring drives with his arm and his legs. Read the full recap and embrace the optimism.

USF Volleyball swept by C. in final series of the season

Coach Jolene Shepardson’s first season at the helm as head coach comes to a close with a pair of 3-0 losses to the first place Knights in Oviedo. Game 1 ended 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 and game 2 ended 25-23, 25-16, 25-22. USF ends the season with a 6-8 (3-5) record and finished fourth in the American Athletic Conference’s East division. The Bulls improved from 2019 when they only won one game in conference and finished with a 15-match losing streak. Freshman Marta Cvitkovic started her tenure impressively leading the Bulls on the season with 214 kills. There is reason for optimism with the top five leaders in kills being all underclassmen. We are excited to see what the future of the program can be under Coach Shepardson.

USF Softball sweeps Memphis in four game series to open conference play

Coach Ken has softball humming as the Bulls swept their first conference opponent at home outscoring the Tigers 27-4. Two of the games - Friday and Saturday night - ended in 6 innings. The sweep extended USF’s winning streak to 11 since being swept by No. 2 Arizona.

The streak has been made possible by the stellar pitching of junior Georgina Corrick. You can add another 0 earned runs and 7 innings to the below tweet with the completion of today’s finale.

USF (14-6, 4-0) will head to Houston (9-18, 4-0) for a four game series against the Cougars starting on Thursday.

Baseball swept by No. 6 Middle School in Lubbock

After a 3-2 loss earlier in the week to UNF at home, the Bulls headed to Lubbock for a series with the top-10 Red Raiders and couldn’t come away with a victory. The Bulls were outscored 31-10 in the three game series losing 16-6, 8-0, and 7-4. Freshman Drew Brutcher saw his on-base streak snapped at 19 games with an 0-4 night on Saturday. He did rebound going 1-4 on Sunday. Freshman Daniel Cantu (Friday) and sophomore Robert Pena (Sunday) hit their first homeruns of the season.

The Bulls (9-12) look to rebound at home vs Stetson on Tuesday before welcoming the Central Florida Golden Knights (10-12) for a four-game series to open conference play starting on Thursday.

No. 14 Women’s Soccer extends unbeaten streak, stays perfect in conference with win over Houston

USF gave up the first goal of the game all season vs. Houston in the 4’, but answered with three of their own to close out the victory. Freshman Vivianne Bessette delivered the equalizer in the 14’ for her second goal of the season with freshman Serita Thurton netting the tiebreaker in the 31’. Junior goalkeeper Sydney Martinez came away with the win in net making three saves on four shots-on-goal.

USF (6-0-1, 5-0) will welcome Memphis (7-1, 5-0) to Corbett on Saturday for a clash of conference unbeatens.

Men’s Soccer loses heartbreaker in double OT vs. C, 1-0.

This War-on-I4 match had a little more on the line with both teams knotted up in the standings and USF winning the first game in Orlando so it’s no surprise this came down to the wire. Junior goalkeeper Kazuna Takase let up the only goal of the game in the 101’ after saving seven shots throughout regulation and overtime. USF had several chances, but weren’t able to capitalize. The Bulls played a man down when freshman Segun Afolabi was called for a red card in the 87’ sliding for the ball on a break and making contact with a defender in the offensive end.

USF (4-4) will look to snap a two-game losing streak vs. Memphis (1-6) at home on Friday.

Women’s Tennis goes 2-1 on the week, 1-1 in conference.

The Bulls started the week facing Central Arkansas on Monday coming away with the victory 4-3. USF then opened conference play on Friday vs. SMU in Tampa losing 4-0. They lost the doubles point and their first three singles matches in straight sets to the Mustangs. USF then got back in the win column vs. Tulane on Sunday winning 6-1. The Bulls won the doubles point and the first four singles decisions in straight sets. Tulane was able to get a point against junior Alexandria Mjos, but sophomore Laura Pellicer’s win secured the victory.

USF (7-10) will travel to Miami to play no. 27 Rice and FIU next weekend.

No. 29 Men’s Tennis loses two of three on the weekend to top competition

USF went on the road again to take on three teams in the top-55 in the nation in no. 54 UTSA. no. 5 Texas, and no. 46 MTSU. The Bulls started the three game set with a victory over the UTSA Roadrunners 5-2 in San Antonio. The Bulls began the evening securing the doubles point and winning the first two matches in straight sets and securing the victory with Sergio Gomez Montesa’s victory in three sets. On Saturday the Bulls fell to the no. 5 Longhorns 6-1, losing the doubles point and only securing a singles point on senior Jakub Wojcik’s victory in three sets. USF then traveled to Murfreesboro and lost a heartbreaker to MTSU 4-3. USF lost the doubles point, but the Bulls took a 3-2 advantage and dropped their final two singles matches for the loss. No. 45 sophomore Chase Ferguson continues to have to play the opponent’s top competition facing the no. 32 and no. 35 players in the nation over the weekend in tough losses.

USF (11-6) will welcome Tulane (10-4) and C. (12-3) next weekend back in Tampa.

USF Track and Field continues improvement, breaks school record at FSU Relays

Senior Gabrielle DesRosiers, freshman Shaniya Benjamin, freshman Jasmine Knowles, and junior Patricija Roshofa teamed up and set a school record in the 4x400 at the FSU Relays this weekend posting a time of 3:38.32. This time surpassed the record set in 1998 by nearly two tenths of a second. The women’s 4x100 team placed second behind with a time of 45.12, less than one second behind first-place Clemson.

USF will return home to host the South Florida Invitational this weekend.