Dons Weekly Roundup

Elle Soleau (#10) dribbles before sending a pass. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS 

USF soccer had a strong week on the pitch as the men’s and women’s teams came away with wins in their respective matches. Elsewhere, USF women’s volleyball could not put a stop to their losing skid. Here is your recap of the week in Dons’ sports. 

USF men’s soccer hit the road to face the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks Oct. 19. The game remained scoreless until the 39th minute when Ferdy Ghafury found Bracken Serra who fired a shot at the back of the net. The goal went down as Serra’s second of the season, and it proved to be the game-winner of the contest as the Dons kept their opposition from putting any points on the board. The victory was USF’s first road win and first shutout of the season.  

The Dons returned to Negoesco Stadium Oct. 23 and hosted the Gonzaga University Bulldogs in rainy conditions. USF’s Elias Thomas earned a red card in the 21st minute of play, and the Dons had to play the rest of the game down a player. Nonso Adimabua got the Dons on the board in the 55th minute, and Shayan Charalaghi tied the game 2-2 in the 78th minute. The Bulldogs squeaked by in overtime, and USF lost by a score of 2-3. 

Looking ahead, the Dons embark on a two-game road trip against the University of the Pacific Tigers and the University of San Diego (USD) Toreros.

USF women’s soccer hosted the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars Oct. 20 in wet and rainy weather. The Cougars scored three goals before the Dons got on the board in the 45th minute courtesy of Marissa Vasquez. In the end, the nationally-ranked No. 12 Cougars came away with a 1-3 win. 

The Dons reversed their fortunes Oct. 23 when they shut out the University of the Pacific Tigers by a score of 1-0. Elle Soleau netted the lone goal in the 44th minute of the contest. Elsewhere, Megan Nail made her first start as goalkeeper. 

The Dons return to the pitch Oct. 30 when they host the Pepperdine University Waves. 

USF women’s volleyball were swept in their homestand at the Sobrato Center. The Dons fell to the Saint Mary’s College of California Gaels Oct. 21 by a score of 0-3. The Dons also could not find their groove against the University of the Pacific Tigers Oct. 23, falling to their opposition in a closely contested affair by a score of 0-3.

Looking ahead, the Dons will go on a two-game road trip against the BYU Cougars and the USD Toreros. 

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