TAMPA, Aug. 22, 2019 – No.18/14 USF defeated Auburn, 2-1, Thursday night with a game-winning goal delivered by sophomore Sydny Nasello (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.) in the last twenty seconds of the game.
South Florida (1-0-0) took an early lead when all-time leading scorer Evelyne Viens (L’Ancienne-Lorette, Canada) scored her first goal of this season on a pass from Nasello (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.) in the fourth minute.
In the 34thminute, the Tigers (0-1-0) tied up the game with a goal from Jessie Gerow, assisted by Caroline Peterson. With the threat of overtime looming, Nasello sealed the victory for the Bulls in the 90thminute. Junior Sabrina Wagner worked the ball to the inside of the field, setting Nasello up to seal the game with a shot that sailed above the Auburn keeper.
Goalkeeper Sydney Martinez (Rincon, Ga.) earned her first win of the season, finishing the night with four saves. The Bulls defense limited the Tigers to eight shots, and just three in the first half, in comparison to USF’s 19 shots with 10 on frame.
Head coach Denise Schilte-Brown on the win…
“I’m really excited for the players, it was a great performance and an exciting ending. I think it really contributed to the atmosphere tonight.”
2 – Nasello’s game-winner came in the final 20 seconds of the match.
· USF was selected No. 18 by the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, and ranked No. 14 by TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Preseason Poll.
· Viens and Andrea Hauksdottir were named to the MAC Hermann Preseason Watch List.
· Viens, Hauksdottir, and freshman Lucy Roberts were all named to the Preseason Best XI lineups.
USF will take on Florida in a Back-To-School Blackout match at Corbett Stadium on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. Black drawstring #HornsUp bags will be given away at the gate, which opens at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at USFBullsTix.com, or by calling 1-800-GO-BULLS.
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The USF women's soccer team has posted seven consecutive seasons of 10-plus wins and nine in the last 10 years under head coach Denise Schilte-Brown. The Bulls made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2010 and returned in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.