WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m., Founders Field.
NEED TO KNOW: South Florida faces what Coach Denise Schilte-Brown called a pivotal match-up against Pittsburgh, with the Bulls looking to pick up their first Big East win of the season.
South Florida lost 2-1 to Marquette in its Big East opener last week, while the Panthers earned a 1-1 tie against West Virginia in their Big East opener. Pittsburgh has received a big boost from freshman Ashley Cuba over the past weekend, as she scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the Panthers 4-0 win against St. Bonaventure on Sunday, earning her Big East rookie of the year honors. Cuba leads the Panthers with six goals and three assists on the season, tied for fourth in the Big East with 15 points.
South Florida rebounded from its loss to Marquette with a 3-2 win against Stetson, Chelsea Klotz scoring the game-winning-goal in overtime for her third strike in the last four games. The Panthers won last year’s corresponding fixture 1-0, Ashley Habbel scoring the only goal of the game.