Women’s Soccer: Dons’ Defense Falters, Gives Up 9 Goals to No. 11 Santa Clara

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Madalyn Schiffel saved five Santa Clara shot attempts, but also allowed nine goals as the Dons suffered a lopsided defeat at the hands of the Broncos. (Photo courtesy of Dons Athletics)

Sunday, Oct. 27 was an unfortunate day for USF fans as the Dons lost 9-0 to the 11th-ranked Santa Clara Broncos at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Dons (5-8-3, 0-4-1 WCC) were hoping for their first win in West Coast Conference play, but had their work cut out for them playing against the Broncos (11-3-1, 5-0-0), who had won six straight games previous to Sunday’s match.

Santa Clara scored quickly, drilling a ball into the net in the 11th minute of the game. USF was not fazed by the early goal however, and kept their heads up, trying to stay on the offensive side of the ball. After senior midfielder Tyler Campagna’s shot was stopped in the 20th minute of the game, the Dons had opportunities to score on two corner kicks but were unable to get it past Santa Clara’s stellar goal line defense. In total, USF had six corner kicks, but only took three shots on Santa Clara’s goal.

By the 38th minute of the game, the Broncos had put up three goals to the Dons’ zero. Santa Clara would continue to be on the prowl offensively, and concluded the first half with a 4-0 lead. Sophomore goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel did her best to stop the offensive showing of the Broncos, earning herself four first-half saves.

Santa Clara picked up where they had left off in the second half, blowing the game wide open and scoring five more goals on the Dons. Throughout the game, Schiffel faced 14 shots on goal, the most that a USF opponent has attempted all season.

It was a rough showing for the Dons, but they hope to gain their first WCC win when they return to USF for their final home games of the season. USF will be hosting Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount in their final two matches at Negoesco Stadium. The game against Pepperdine will be broadcasted live on TheW.TV on Friday, Nov. 1 at 5:00 p.m. The Dons will be looking to come back with a vengeance after their loss to the Santa Clara, and will need to improve their defense against Pepperdine Waves, who are currently ranked fourth in the WCC.

A victory over the Waves would go a long way towards wrapping up the season on a strong note. The Dons are currently placed ninth in the WCC standings, with only Loyola Marymount behind them. The Dons are scheduled to play Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 12:00 p.m.

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