The Bulls, 15-3-3, are back in the NCAA tournament (3rd bid overall, now back-to-back years for this program), are set to host the opening round of the tournament as they welcome FGCU, 13-5-2, to Corbett (game begins at 1 PM). This is going to be a very intense game for the Bulls as they look to even further than before into the postseason.
The Bulls enter this game averaging 1.85 goals per game while opponents are scoring just .60 goals per game. FGCU averages 2.55 goals per game while allowing .60 goals per game. These are two top scoring teams with great defenses. Something will have to give in this battle.
Leading the FGCU offense is junior forward Tabby Tindell who has 17 goals on the year (80 shot attempts) with 10 assists on the year (she is their big time striker). Redshirt junior midfielder Paulina Speckmaier has 5 goals on the season on 64 shot attempts with 7 assists. Rounding out their top strikers is senior midfielder Ally Kasun who has 5 goals (41 shots) along with 5 assists. They will be facing off against Kat Elliott who has allowed 12 goals all year while making 70 saves (.854 saver percentage). After losing on penalty kicks in the AAC tournament, she, along with the defense will be very motivated to defend Corbett and shut down the FGCU offensive attack.
In net for FGCU is senior keeper Brittany Brown who has allowed 11 goals on the year while making 49 saves (.817 saver percentage). She is a tough keeper but the Bulls will be led by their aggressive offense. Olivia Chance who has 8 goals and 10 assists on the season along others like Leticia Skeete who has 7 goals and 3 assists on the season will have to lead the offensive attack for the Bulls and will need to put up the pressure early and often in this game.
USF has some unfinished business after being ousted early in the NCAA tournament last year. This roster has a lot of seniors that want to keep the season going and playing in front of the home crowd at Corbett could be the perfect recipe for a tournament victory on Saturday afternoon.