South Florida (5-5-3, 2-2-2 Big East) saw its five-game undefeated streak come to an end as the Bulls own Bahar Sansar scored an own-goal for the only goal of the game as Providence (7-5-2, 2-3-1) won 1-0 on Friday night at the USF Soccer Stadium.
Sansar misplayed a corner kick by Alyssa Gillespie, leaving goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi helpless. The goal ended a 247minute shutout streak by Lofton-Malachi, who last conceded a goal against West Virginia on September 27.
The Bulls had chances to tie the game, most notably with nine minutes to play when Molly Stack’s cross found Taylor Patterson in the penalty area, but Patterson sent her header just over the crossbar.
Bulls coach Denise Schilte-Brown said she was disappointed by the loss, and the performance.
“I didn’t feel like we came prepared to play today,” Bulls coach Denise Schilte-Brown said. “I thought we made some good adjustments in the second half as a team, created a lot of opportunities, had them on the ropes, but couldn’t put one in the back of the net.”
South Florida closes its home schedule with a tough test against Connecticut on Sunday at noon, a game the Bulls may now need to win in order to maintain their challenge for a place in the Big East Conference Tournament.
“It’s a big game,” Schilte-Brown said. “The girls have played well on Sundays. They’ve been professionals and recovered well and I think they’ll be ready.”