Soccer: Sunshine And Desert But No Fire

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Michael Baham

Contributing Writer

Men’s (2-3) and women’s (3-5) soccer were both in action this past weekend. The men took a trip to Florida to play Florida Gulf Coast University (2-2-1) and South Florida (1-3-2). The women headed out to the desert to play Arizona State (4-2-1) and the University of Arizona (5-1-1). The women’s team were the only winners  out of the four games, with a 2-1 win against the Sun Devils.

In the women’s team’s first game against ASU, they quickly found themselves down 0-1 after just 1:43 of play. Their offense looked stagnant against a stingy Sun Devil defense. With only 8 shots compared to ASU’s 20, the Dons had a hard time finding quality shots. It wasn’t until the 80th minute that USF was able to equalize and force overtime, thanks to freshman Kristina Krehbiel’s first collegiate goal. In the second overtime, sophomore Micaela Mercado blasted a game-winner from 40 yards out.

The women’s second game in Arizona came against the Wildcats. USF was once again unable to find any offensive rhythm as they fired off five shots, one on goal. Though the keeper, sophomore Makayla Presgrave, was an absolute wall stopping nine shots. Unfortunately for San Francisco, one of Arizona’s 13 shots bulged the back of the net, enough to claim victory 1-0.

The men’s team trip to the Sunshine State wasn’t so bright. Their first stop in Fort Meyers against FGCU was frustrating. Although the Don’s fired off 17 shots, only four were on goal, and only one found the back of the net via David Garrett. That was only after the Eagles had already rolled in two goals.

San Francisco’s game in Tampa against University of South Florida (the other USF) was just as gray-hair inducing as their previous game. The Dons fired off 14 shots, five on frame, but all five were saved. The Bulls mustered nine shots, three on-goal and two of which led to celebrations. Though the team struggled to mark up the scoreboard, they should feel confident moving forward knowing they’re finding space to take shots.

The men’s team takes on Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Sept. 16 here at Negoesco at 7PM. The women’s team will square off against Cal Berkeley in Berkeley at 2PM. Be sure to watch live or follow online to support our teams as they move towards WCC play.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: USF Athletics

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