Sunday, October 11, 2009

College Women's Matchday: No.24 Connecticut at South Florida

WHEN: Sunday, noon, USF Soccer Stadium.

NEED TO KNOW: South Florida will try to rebound from a loss to Providence as it faces UConn in its final home game of the regular season. The Bulls close the season with a four straight road games over the upcoming two weekends.

South Florida (5-5-3, 2-2-2 Big East) saw its five-game undefeated streak come to an end as the Friars earned a 1-0 victory on Friday night. The now face a Huskies squad that is also looking to rebound after a 3-2 double-overtime loss to Marquette on Friday night. UConn currently sits second in the Big East American division, six points ahead of the Bulls.

The Huskies (9-4-0, 4-2-0) average two goals per game, Linda Ruutu and Melissa Busque tied for the team lead with six goals apiece. Busque has also added five assists, putting her tied for fifth place in the Big East in scoring with 17 points.

Noelle Pineiro leads the Bulls with six goals, her last goal coming two weeks ago in a 2-1 win against West Virginia. The Bulls hold a better goals-against-average than the Huskies having conceded only 0.85 goals per game. Goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi is tied for fourth in the conference with a .861 save percentage.

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