A tie with the Titans

From drawback to draw: women’s soccer comes back from a 2 goal deficit

The USF women’s soccer team played their second-to-last non-conference match against the California State University, Fullerton Titans on Sept. 27 at Negoesco Stadium. Playing in front of a crowd of 576, the Dons looked to secure a win against the No. 2-regionally ranked team. The match ended in a 3-3 tie.

The Titans came out strong, scoring all three of their goals within the first 20 minutes of regulation play. Starting in the 10th minute, Titans forward Maddie Bennett finished off a rebound, making the Titans one of only two teams in the 2019 season to score on the Dons in the first half of regulation.

Less than two minutes later, the Titans struck again as midfielder Atlanta Primus headed in a cross from teammate Haley Brown, deflected by Bennett. With the momentum still in the hands of the Titans, Primus scored again, assisted by Bennett, extending the lead to three.

The Dons fought back in the 35th minute when a penalty kick was awarded and midfielder Ashley Humphrey was able to capitalize on its deflection. Forward Miciah Madison stepped up to take the spotkick, but it bounced off the hands of Titan goalie Victoria Ryan and into Humphrey’s feet, allowing her to finish in the bottom left corner of the net. This was Humphrey’s first goal of the year and the sixth of her collegiate career.

The Dons continued to chip away at the lead held by the Titans over the duration of the action-filled first half. Madison took the ball to the goal herself in the 36th minute and brought the Dons within one goal of the Titans going into the second half.

9/8/19: USF WSOC vs Stanford at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco, CA. Image by Chris M. Leung for USF Dons Athletics

Throughout the second half, the Dons were able to shut out the Titans offense and keep the game within a goal.

In the 67th minute, Dons forward Sydney Cooper tapped in a cross from teammate Samantha Jehnings, tying up the game. The score remained tied at 3-3 until the end of regulation time. The teams were then required to play two 10-minute overtime sudden death periods. 

Totaling six saves from 19 shots throughout the 110 minutes of play, Dons goalie Olivia Camera had her work cut out for her. The biggest save of the game came in the seventh minute of the first overtime period when Camera blocked a shot from Titans forward Callie Patrey-Juarez to maintain a 3-3 score, pushing the game into a second overtime period. The game ended in a draw, as neither team was able to capitalize on their shots.

9/8/19: USF WSOC vs Stanford at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco, CA. Image by Chris M. Leung for USF Dons Athletics

Though she was disappointed that the game ended in a tie, Camera was impressed by her teammates’ continued fight throughout the game.

“I was really proud of our effort. Coming back from being down three goals really shows effort and that we are capable of coming back from adversity,” Camera said postgame. “At the end of the day, we had our chances and they had theirs, we just need to execute.”

Dons Head Coach Jim Millinder was both relieved and disappointed with the results of the game.  

“In the first 20 minutes [the Titans] were better than us. We were not ready to play and we made some mistakes. The next 70 minutes we fought hard to get even and to get to overtime,” Millinder said. “[The Dons] played their socks off and could have won. Either one of the teams could have won tonight, and for us to come back from three goals down against the No. 2-ranked team in the region was a great effort.”


“The next 70 minutes we fought hard to get even and to get to overtime.”

Coach Jim Millinder

The Dons will begin West Coast Conference play against the Gael’s of Saint Mary’s College on Oct. 5 at Saint Mary’s Stadium. 

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