USF women’s soccer endured a tumultuous week on the pitch.
The latest set of matches kicked off on Aug. 31 with the Dons blanking the visiting University of California, Santa Barbara Gauchos 2-0 under the lights at Negoesco Stadium. Forward Miciah Madison scored in the 24th minute off an assist from Cassidy Kaumeyer to put the Dons up 1-0. The Dons wasted no time in staying on the attack as midfielder Samantha Jehnings followed up with a shot to the back of the net in the 29th minute to push the Dons’ lead to 2-0. Second half dominance secured a win for the Dons and handed the Gauchos their first loss of the season.
Momentum picked up in thrilling fashion on Sept. 2 as the Dons hosted the University of New Mexico Lobos. Freshman Ashley Humphrey got the Dons on the board in the 43rd minute of the first half. The Lobos leveled the game 1-1 in the 56th minute of play, thanks to a goal by Alesia Garcia. Strong defense from both sides sent the game into extra time. The golden goal came with seven seconds left in double overtime as Autumn Smithers scored off a loose ball and extended the Dons’ winning streak to three games with a 2-1 victory over UNM.
The following week sent the Dons on a two-game road trip to the midwest to do battle with the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls. The Sooners got out to an early lead in the 15th minute of play as Ivanna Rivas turned an assist into a goal. Humphrey gave the Dons their lone point of the night off a penalty kick in the 68th minute. These efforts were for naught as the Sooners racked up three goals in the second half to defeat the Dons 4-1.
On Sunday, the Dons kept things even with the Cowgirls until the 73rd minute of play, as OSU sophomore Kim Rodriguez scored on a penalty kick. The Cowgirls tallied an additional two goals in the 77th and 87th minute of play, respectively, to trounce the Dons 3-0.
The Dons look to get back in the win column on Sept. 14 when they host the Sacramento State University Hornets at Negoesco Stadium.