Thursday, September 17, 2009

College Women's Matchday: South Florida at Marquette

WHEN: Thursday, 8 p.m. Valley Fields.

NEED TO KNOW: South Florida opens its Big East schedule on the road against a Marquette squad that has traditionally given them trouble. The Golden Eagles (5-2) lead the series 10-2-1 all-time, including a 3-1 record in the past four seasons. The game will be the fifth consecutive time the two sides have opened their Big East schedule against each other, but the Bulls (2-3-1) enter the game confident they can cause problems.

Noelle Pineiro has already scored as many goals, four, in six games as the Bulls leading scorer last season Chelsea Klotz did all season. Marquette, though, has been solid defensively so far this season, with goalkeeper Natalie Kulla holding a 0.42 goals against average entering the game. The Golden Eagles currently hold a six-game shutout streak at home.

Offensively, the Golden Eagles have spread the scoring around, with Becky Ryan and Lindsay Page tied for the scoring lead with two goals apiece. Five other Marquette players have also found the net.

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