WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Sept. 15, 2019 – The No. 15/25 South Florida women's soccer team answered everything that No. 21/RV Wake Forest threw at them to walk away with a 3-2 victory on Sunday. The Bulls never relented in the second half, answering both of the Demon Deacons' goals to come home with the one-goal win.
USF (5-1) broke through first in the opening half, with Katie Kitching (Bedale, England) finding the back of the net for the only goal in the first half. Assisted by Evelyne Viens (Quebec, Canada), the junior broke free on a counter-attack and found the back of the net for her first goal of the year.
After a defensive-oriented first half, the offenses for both teams came alive in the second 45 minutes. Wake Forest's Hulda Amarsdottir tied the game in the 52nd minute, but Viens gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead off a feed from Sydny Nasello (Land O' Lakes, Fla.).
Amarsdottir stuck again in the 66th minute for the Demon Deacons to tie the game at 2-2. Wake Forest's defense stiffened again following its second goal, but Viens continued her dominance on the pitch. The senior forward cut through defenders to get a shot in front of the net and converted to score the game-winner for the Bulls.
Goalkeeper Katrina Haarmann (Ontario, Canada) made a career-high three saves to help in the victory. As a result, the freshman earned her third win of the year. Overall, USF kept up its high-pressure offensive style with 17 shots on the afternoon, with eight of them coming from Viens, three from Andrea Hauksdottir (Kopavogur, Iceland) and two from Kitching.
Head coach Denise Schilte-Brown on the win…
"Wake Forest is a really good soccer team. I love the style of play they have. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. The girls fought hard, kept taking the lead and then losing it, so it wasn't easy to get the 3-2 victory. I'm really proud of the girls.
It was a team effort. The girls that even didn't get in the game had such a great attitude, such enthusiasm. They lifted us from the side. Everyone that played did well, so it was a great effort."
90 – Four USF defenders played all 90 minutes in today's game. Brianna Blethen (Bradenton, Fla.), Chyanne Dennis (Sunrise, Fla.), Lucy Roberts (Cheshire, England) and Sabrina Wagner (New Port Richey, Fla.) played the entire match as USF's defensive line.
USF is back at home after another extended break. The Bulls play Texas Tech on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. The game starts a three-game home stand, with Tulsa visiting Corbett Stadium on Sept. 26 and Memphis coming to Tampa on Sept. 29.
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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.