Sept. 28, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team fell to University of South Florida 4-1 Friday evening at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Sophomore forward Mackenzie Grause (Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands) gave the Bearcats the early advantage when she scored her third goal of the season in the 34th minute. Grause received the ball at the right side of the 18-yard box and booted a lazer that tipped off the hand of Bulls goalkeeper Christiane Endler and into the back of the goal. Grause's third goal of the year was assisted by senior outside back Kaylee Dakers (Brampton, Ontario/Heart Lake Secondary School) and junior center back Kate Schmidt (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview).
UC (4-7-1, 1-4 BIG EAST), which due to injury played without two of its starting forwards in junior Jazmine Rhodes (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic) and leading goal scorer freshman Laura Rose (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills), went into halftime with a one-goal lead thanks to a strong team defensive effort.
Cincinnati's back line of Dakers, Schmidt, as well as sophomores Christi Howard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and Jae Atkinson (Mason, Ohio/Mason) was organized and in position to defend USF's eight first-half shots and two corner kicks. When the Bulls were able to get a clean shot, sophomore goalkeeper Kristina Utley (Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley) was in position to make three first-half saves.
The defensive effort that enabled the Bearcats to build an early lead disappeared quickly after halftime as USF (6-4-1, 2-1-1 BIG EAST) scored four times within the first 14 minutes of the second period. Bulls junior forward Sharla Passariello started the run by producing her sixth goal of the season in the 46th minute.
Just 6 minutes later, USF took the lead when Demi Stokes headed a goal following a corner kick, which was by Passariello. Bulls freshman midfielder Olivia Chance and sophomore Daniella Andrade added scores. Andrade's goal was assisted by Passariello; her second of the match.
South Florida's offensive pressure kept Utley busy for the majority of the second half as she recorded eight of her 11 saves in the match's final 45 minutes.
Cincinnati continues its two-match road trip when it visits Milwaukee, Wis. to play No. 19 Marquette University at 1 p.m. Sunday.