Sunday, September 20, 2009

Colleges: Klotz goal gives USF women victory

Chelsea Klotz scored her third goal of the season in the 106th minute to give South Florida a 3-2 double-overtime win against Stetson in Deland on Sunday evening.

Noelle Pineiro created the chance for Klotz, who was rewarded for a highly productive game with the third game-winning-goal of her Bulls career. Klotz had 10 of the Bulls 26 shots for the game, hitting the target five times, as she was a constant threat to the Hatters defense.

Despite their offensive pressure, the Bulls had to fight back from a second-half deficit to get a positive result. Stetson (4-4-0) had taken a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute when Heather Berg scored her second goal of the game after latching onto a through-ball by Kate Bitetto. Berg had earlier converted a penalty kick to make the score 1-1.

Pineiro scored her team-high fifth goal of the season to even the game up in the 73rd minute, taking advantage of an opportunity created for her by Taylor Patterson.

“I'm really proud of the team,” said Bulls head coach Denise Schilte-Brown. “We really dominated for the most part although we had a lapse and let them back into the match but I was impressed by the way we responded.”

The Bulls (3-4-1) had taken the lead in the first half as Chantelle Goodson scored her first goal as a Bull, blasting a shot from 25 yards out that caromed in off the underside of the crossbar.

The Bulls continue their travels on Thursday, as they travel to face Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. looking for their first Big East win of the season. The Panthers drew 1-1 with West Virginia in their Big East opener on Friday before defeating St. Bonaventure 4-0 on Sunday.

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