Dons Weekly Roundup

Shyia Richardson recorded a team-high seven kills against the Loyola Marymount University Lions. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS 

USF women’s soccer beat the reigning national champion and nationally-ranked Santa Clara University Broncos for the program’s first-ever win at home over the Broncos, women’s golf and cross country hit the road for competition, and women’s volleyball extended their losing streak to 10 games. This is the latest in Dons’ sports.

USF women’s golf took to Idaho for their first tournament of the season at the Coeur D’Alene Resort Collegiate Invitational from Sept. 19-21. The team placed 10th in the first round, eighth in the second, and seventh in the last round, making their total 887 (+35) for the tournament. Individually, Hannah Zeman was the highest-ranking Don, tying for 10th place by the tournament’s end.

The USF men’s and women’s cross country teams travelled to Oregon to compete in the Dellinger Invitational Sept. 23. The tournament was hosted by the University of Oregon Ducks. Top performances include Ed Kiolbasa, who finished in 35th place in the men’s 8,000 meters, and Ruby Smee, who finished in 54th place in the women’s 6,000 meters. 

USF women’s soccer navigated a historic win by defeating the reigning national champion and nationally-ranked No. 19 Santa Clara University Broncos in a shutout victory at Negoesco Stadium. Marissa Vasquez shielded a throw-in ball, took it down the line, and launched it to Jamesen Ward in the center, right in front of the goalkeeper. Ward hit the ball to the left corner, securing the first goal of the game. 

Vasquez wasn’t finished after her assist. The girls maintained ball control around the box, with Vasquez hopping over Ward and forward Kaylin Lunsford, who was tied up with the goalkeeper, to retrieve the loose ball and score the final goal of the game.

With 22 shot attempts from the Broncos, goalkeeper Molly Eby worked as a key player to maintain the Dons’ shut out with a final score of 2-0.

USF women’s volleyball brought the Loyola Marymount Lions for a home match but fell short by a score of 0-3. Shyia Richardson recorded a team-high seven kills to push her season total to a team-high of 89. Letizia Aquilino tallied nine digs, and Aylen Ayub recorded three service aces against the Lions. 

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