USF WSoccer takes on Cincinnati

Posted: October 24, 2014 in Soccer

The Bulls, 9-6-1 (4-3), take on Cincinnati at Corbett Field in the 2nd to last regular season home game of the 2014 season (game begins at 7:30 PM). The Bearcats enter this game with an overall record of 10-5-2 (4-3), sitting in a tie with the Bulls for 3rd place in the AAC . This is a huge game for the ladies as they try to add a late season win to their resume.

Cincinnati is led by sophomore Katy Couperus who has 5 goals (48 shot attempts on the season) and has 5 assists on the season. Junior forward Danielle Rotheram also has 5 goals (just 20 shot attempts) and has added 5 assists herself on the season. Senior defender Jae Atkinson has 2 goals (8 shot attempts) and leads the team with 11 assists on the season (defender that also plays the midfield position on attacks). Freshman forward Julie Gavorski has 5 goals on the season (just 11 shot attempts) and has scored all of them coming off of the bench, giving the Bearcats another threat on offense. For Katarina Elliott, who was named AAC rookie of the week last week after posting two shut-out wins, will have to be ready for this team. Cincinnati is loaded with players that can score from all over the field, putting extra pressure on her and the defense to take away any easy passing lanes.

In net for Cincinnati is redshirt freshman sophomore Natalie Smith. Smith has allowed 16 goals on the year while making 25 saves. Smith has played most of the season, but has struggled at times. Look for senior Kristina Utley who has allowed 2 goals while making 3 saves in three starts this season to get playing time (even start) if Smith struggles. With a struggling/shifting goal keeper situation for the Bearcats, Olivia Chance, Demi Stokes, and the rest of the crew could be poised to take advantage in this game.


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