Despite the best efforts of referee, who may or may not have been Jorge Larrionda, USF Women's Soccer advances to the Big East Final for the first time with a thrilling 3-2 win over #13 Marquette on Friday night. They take on West F'N Virginia Sunday at noon for the rings with the broadcast on CBS College Sports.
After falling behind 1-0 in the 5th minute conceding a soft goal, the Bulls never gave up. All the scoring came in the first half, including two from Venicia Reid, who made a beautiful diagonal run and flicked on a cross full volley to even the score. The go ahead goal by Angelique Waller was just a beauty, a cracker from 22 yards that went far upper 90.
Marquette outshot the Bulls 25-9, and took 15 corners (including three in the final minute) to just one for USF... but it's the Bulls that go home winners. MU held the run of play in the goalless 2nd half, but couldn't find a finishing touch. USF certainly had their chances for a fourth as well, but whomever the referee was seemed intent to call nothing outside of brandishing a handgun, costing the hoops a couple excellent chances.
To borow a line from Jim Louk, That's SIX FOR THE BULLS (in a row). Seems like the best time to be on their way up. And considering Coach Denise Schilte-Brown started exactly one senior this evening, I'd say things are looking pretty bright for our women's soccer program as they move into their new digs in 2011.