WHEN: Sunday, noon, SU Soccer Stadium
NEED TO KNOW: While the Bulls loss on Friday dropped them to third in the Big East American division standings, other results going their way later in the day sealed their place in the Big East tournament.
Now South Florida can earn home field for the quarterfinals of the tournament with a victory over the Orange and a Marquette win against St. John’s. That combination of results would allow the Bulls to jump over the Red Storm into second place in the American division standings, and face the third-place team from the National division next Sunday at the USF Soccer Stadium.
On paper, the Bulls end of the formula should appear easy as Syracuse enters the game with a 1-8-1 record in Big East play, but the Orange almost held Marquette on Friday, a late goal giving the Golden Eagles a 1-0 double overtime victory.
South Florida will hope its recent form on Sunday’s will prevail, the Bulls are 4-0-1 in their last four Sunday afternoon games including a 2-1 overtime win against Cincinnati last weekend. Chelsea Klotz was the difference in that game, and will look to add to her team-high of seven goals against a Syracuse side that has given up 1.50 goals per game.