The 2014 season is over for the Bulls and what a year it was. USF finished the year with a 13-7-2 (6-3) record, going 8-4-2 at home at Corbett Stadium. USF made it to the NCAA tournament for just the 2nd time in program history. It was a historic year for the Bulls and a fun one to watch. Let’s review the numbers and what each player did during the year.
USF scored 36 goals during the year (1.64 goals per game). They had 328 shots, with 148 total shots on goal, good for a 45% of their shots being directed at the opposing goalkeepers. They also had 106 corner kicks, dictating the pace of games and forcing opponents to play defense for long stretches of games. On defense, USF allowed 25 goals, shuffling between two keepers in the early part of the year (1.14 goals per game). They allowed 210 shots and just 85 total shots on goal (40%). The pace of the USF offense and the strength of the defense cut down on the number of looks opponents had during the year, leading to the big win total for the Bulls. It was a historic year for the program as they hosted an NCAA game for the first time in program history, just their 2nd ever trip to the postseason. While they lost that first NCAA game, it was still a major accomplishment to host a tournament game and took the program to another level. But how did they get there? Let’s see how each player made it happen for the Bulls.
#1 Thordis Aikman – Freshman – Goalkeeper – Reyjkavik, Iceland (Valur FC) (Borgarholtsskoli)
Aikman played in 11 games, splitting time at the beginning of the year with fellow freshman Katarina Elliott for the starting keeper position. She allowed 12 goals (1.33 per game) wile making 20 saves (.625). She was 5-4 as a starter before Elliott took over the starting job for the rest of the year.
#28 Daniela Andrade – Senior – Midfielder – Guatemala City, Guatemala (The Pendleton School)
Andrade played in 15 games for USF this year, adding 2 assist and taking 14 shot attempts during the year.
#13 Anezha “AJ” Blount – Sophomore – Forward – Wesley Chapel, FL (Wiregrass Ranch HS) (VSI Flames)
Blount appeared in 13 games for USF as a reserve, recording 3 shot attempts.
#20 Sienna Brooks – Junior Defender – Tampa, FL (Palm Beach Atlantic HS)
Brooks played in 20 games, becoming one of the key defenders this season. She added 1 assist and took 4 shots during the season.
#34 Erica Burt – Junior – Midfielder – Ponte Verda Beach, FL (Ponte Verda HS)
Burt appeared in 8 games as a reserve this year, taking one shot attempt.
#30 Lydia Cagle – Freshman – Goalkeeper – Lakeland, FL (Lakeland Christian HS)
Cagle did not play in 2014.
#33 Daniela Capozza – Sophomore – Midfielder/Forward – Winter Garden, FL (West Orange HS)
Capozza did not play this year due to injury. She appeared in 2 games last season.
#10 Olivia Chance – Junior – Midfielder – Tauranga, New Zealand (Tauranga Girls College)
Chance, named 1st team All AAC, appeared in all 22 games for USF. She had 9 goals (lead the team) on 75 shots (35 shots on goal) and added 6 assists during the year. She was a big time striker and a key part of the USF offense.
#23 Jessica Clark – Junior – Defender – Miami, FL (Felix Varela Senior HS)
Clark appeared in 19 games for the Bulls. She totaled 1 goal on just 10 shot attempts during the year.
#19 Payton Cook – Freshman – Defender – Glen Allen, VA (Deep Run HS)
Cook appeared in 13 games this year, totaling 2 assists and taking 3 shots during her first year in Tampa.
#36 Katarina Elliott – Freshman – Goalkeeper – Bradenton, FL (Braden River HS)
Elliott became the starting keeper for the Bulls this year after splitting time at the start of the year with Thordis Aikman. He played in 14 games, allowing 13 goals (.95 per game) while making 39 saves (.750). She finished the year with a 8-3-2 record, becoming a rising star for the program.
#3 Cristina Ferral – Junior – Defender – Tampico, Mexico (Monterrey Institute of Technology)
Ferral played in 22 games this season for USF, becoming a top defender. She had 1 goal (24 shots) and added 3 assists, adding a spark from the defensive back line.
#31 Tori Hamel – Freshman – Midfielder – Palm Springs, FL (Trinity Christian Academy HS)
Hamel appeared in 2 games this year as a limited reserve and recorded 1 shot attempt.
#22 Jessica Hamrick – Freshman – Forward – Maitland, FL (Winter Park HS)
Hamrick played in just 2 games this year as a reserve.
#12 Kelly Harris – Freshman – Forward – Boca Raton, FL (West Boca Raton HS)
Harris played in 17 games this year as a reserve, recording 4 shots as a reserve.
#2 Nikki Lauderback – Freshman – Defender – Orlando, FL (Timber Creek HS)
Lauderback did not player in her first season, taking a redshirt.
#15 Jordyn Listro – Sophomore – Defender – Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Bayview Glen HS) (National Training Center Ontario)
Listro played in 21 games this year for the Bulls, becoming a cornerstone for the defense. She recorded 15 shots throughout the course of the year.
#18 Kate Loye – Junior – Midfielder – Hamilton, New Zealand (MTSU)
Loye joined the Bulls for her first year in green and gold. She played in 20 games, scoring 4 goals (33 shots) and added 4 assists. She became a key player on the front, adding depth and offense.
#25 Yaya Martinez – Junior – Midfielder – Orlando, FL (Freedom HS)
Martinez did not play this year due to injury.
#17 Sarah Miller – Senior – Forward – Bradenton, FL (Lakewood Ranch HS)
Miller played in all 22 games this year for the Bulls. She scored 3 goals on 18 shots and added 2 assists during the year.
#26 Ocean Parr – Freshman – Forward – Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (Bill Brothers Secondary School) (National Training Centre Ontario)
Parr played in 21 games for the Bulls, scoring 2 goals on 10 shot attempts. She was named to the AAC rookie team.
#4 Brittany Raymond – Freshman – Midfielder – Orlando, FL (University HS)
Raymond played in 17 games as a reserve, but did not record a shot.
#16 Alexis Rossi – Junior – Defender – Grandville, MI (University of Miami)
Rossi, a transfer from Miami, played in all 22 games for USF at the center back position (key on defense).
#7 Diana Saenz – Junior – Defender – San Jose, Costa Rica (Universidad Hispanoamericana)
Saenz played in 19 games this year for the Bulls, scoring 1 goal (13 shots) and added 1 assist from the backfield.
#5 Jackie Simpson – Junior – Defender – Lithia, FL (Newsome HS)
Simpson played in all 22 games this year. She scored 2 goals (13 shots) and added an assist while being named 2nd team All AAC in the process.
#2 Leticia Skeete – Sophomore – Forward – Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (Grand River Collegiate Institute) (National Training Centre Ontario)
Skeete played in 21 games for USF, scoring a career high 8 goals on 44 shot attempts and added 2 assists in her first year at the forward position.
#9 Jana Spengler – Sophomore – Forward – Sindelfingen, Germany (Stiftsgymnasium Sindelfingen)
Spengler appeared in one game this year for USF.
#8 Demi Stokes – Senior – Forward – South Shields, England (Gateshead College)
Stokes played in 20 games this year, scoring 4 goals (41 shot attempts) and added 4 assists. She was named 2nd team All AAC in her final year with USF.
#35 Lauriell Young – Senior – Defender/Forward – Vero Beach, FL (Vero Beach HS)
Young appeared in 7 games as a reserve, recording 2 shot attempts.
Thoughts towards the 2015 season – The Bulls are coming off of their 2nd ever trip the NCAA tournament, leading to big expectations heading into next year (return trip would be great). The program is losing stars like Demi Stokes, Sarah Miller and others, but the future is so bright with the returning players for 2015. Rising stars like Ocean Parr, Leticia Skeete, Katarina and veterans like Olivia Chance are returning next year. The team will have to find itself on offense more with Stokes and others gone, but the defense should be sharp with Elliott in the net and commanding things once more after a strong freshman year under her belt. Another NCAA tournament appearance could be the cards for this program, something we have never seen with from this group before. The future is bright and everyone needs to get aboard and support this group of amazing and talented ladies.