Downing the Bulldogs

Sameer Bhutani

Staff Writer

In a pair of home games, the Dons were able to to take down Gonzaga (6-9-2, 2-6-0 WCC) but weren’t able to claim the victory in their game against Portland (9-6-3, 3-4-1 WCC). Both games were 1-goal thrillers winning 2-1 to the Bulldogs but losing 0-1 to the Pilots.

Sunday’s game against Gonzaga was a nerve-wracking one as the Bulldogs kept throwing numbers forward, keeping San Francisco’s defenders on their heels with 17 shots over the duration of the game, six of which were on goal. Luckily for USF, they were able to start off with an early goal in the second minute when Amanda Whittle’s corner kick was headed in by Nicole Kelsey. As the first half went on, the Bulldogs drew the Dons offsides four times. In the second half San Francisco found a second goal after Rosie Kerstetter fired a shot, which was saved, but the deflection was controlled by Melissa Ellis who slotted USF’s second goal of the game. Gonzaga didn’t let up as they continued to fire shot after shot, 11 total in the second half. Eventually they were able to find the back of the net in the 88th minute but it was too little too late. The Dons prevented the comeback and walked away with the 2-1 victory.

Their first game of the week against Portland was a near dead-even game. Portland took 11 shots and San Francisco 10. Each team’s goalkeeper recorded one save. USF had the edge in corner kicks 9-5. The only thing that set the teams apart was the lone goal the Pilots scored in the fifth minute when a corner kick was sent into the box, and the Dons weren’t able to clear the ball before a Portland player latched on.

Now with a 7-11, 3-5 WCC record, the Dons are looking to finish strong with a win in their final regular season game against Santa Clara at home. Catch them live at Negoesco Stadium at 7pm or follow live on the


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