It was almost three hours after the scheduled kickoff time when South Florida’s womens soccer team finally got underway against Austin Peay on Friday night. The thunderstorms that swept through the bay area delayed the game's start until 10:15 p.m.
Once the game got underway, though, the Bulls unleashed their own kind of thunder, as they romped to a 6-0 victory, by far their biggest of the season.
It took until the 19th minute for the Bulls (2-2-1) to open the scoring, as Valorie O’Brien scored her first of the season, but it didn’t take long for them to add to their lead.
Chelsea Klotz, who led the Bulls in goals a season ago, notched the second in the 24th minute, and Noelle Pineiro added her fourth of the season two minutes later. Redshirt freshman Brittany Burt gave the Bulls a 4-0 half time lead in the 35th minute with her first goal for the school.
That prompted many changes from Bulls coach Denise Schilte-Brown, including giving someone other than Mallori Lofton-Malachi an opportunity to play in net. Gaby Garton replaced the senior standout before the second half began, marking the first time in three seasons that someone other than Lofton-Malachi was between the sticks for the Bulls.
Austin Peay goalkeeper Mackenzie Ladd saved a penalty kick by Klotz in the 52nd minute, but Burt added her second of the game in the 66th minute before Lindsey Krakower closed out the scoring 10 minutes from full time.
The Bulls next hit the road to face what will likely be a far sterner test against Central Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Knights upset No.4 Florida State 1-0 in the second overtime on Friday night on a goal by former Palm Harbor University High standout Courtney Whidden.