Michael Ba ham
The women’s soccer team played games five and six of West Coast Conference play on the road last week against WCC No. 2 Loyola Marymount (10-4-3, 5-2-0) and WCC No. 1 Pepperdine (11-3-3, 6-0-1). The Dons ran into some tough breaks, dropping both games by one goal, 2-3 and 0-1 respectively. With a 6-10 record with a 2-4 record in WCC play there’s still a chance to bounce back and claim a solid seed for the WCC Tournament.
Their first game against Loyola Marymount started fast and furious. The Lions scored in the fourth minute, but junior Sonja Giroud quickly equalized in the 10th minute off a counter. LMU broke the tie in the 24th minute. Going into half with a 2-1 lead, the Lions came out of the gate with the gas still on the pedal and fired in their third goal of the game during the 63rd minute. Once again San Francisco was quick to respond in the 69th minute, pulling one goal back thanks to NAME, but unfortunately for the Dons, they fell short of a full comeback and looked up to a final scoreline of 2-3. Even with seven corner kicks compared to Loyola’s two, and although USF outshot LMU 11-7, the Lions keeper prevented two of the four shots on goal to secure their victory.
In their second game of the week, USF took to the pitch against WCC top-ranked Pepperdine. Though the game was only a 0-1 loss, the real tale of the tape was the amount of shots the Waves took. USF took a total of eight shots compared to Pepperdine’s voluminous 25, only four of which were on goal. The Dons were on their heels most of the game, but a disciplined back line kept the angles tough for the Waves whenever they came forward. The lone Pepperdine goal came in the 76th minute after a Makalya Presgrave save bounced fortuitously to a Pepperdine players feet.
Putting these tough losses behind them, San Francisco looks ahead to their next game on Friday, Oct. 28, here at Negoesco against Portland (8-5-3, 2-3-1 WCC) at 7 p.m. Go out and support them in their third to last game of the regular season or follow live on theW.tv.
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