After being held in check by a resolute Seton Hall defense for almost the entire game, South Florida’s women grabbed victory in the 84th minute as Chelsea Klotz’s 20-yard strike gave the Bulls a 1-0 win over the Pirates on Friday night at the USF Soccer Stadium.
As she has been frequently for the Bulls (5-4-2, 2-1-1) of late, Klotz was a danger all night, recording four shots for the game. It wasn’t until late, though, that she was finally able to break through.
After picking up a pass from Noelle Pineiro just outside the penalty area, Klotz created herself space against a pair of defenders, and then fired a right-footed shot into the left corner of the net.
The goal was sophomore Klotz’s fourth of the season, equaling her total from a season ago.
Until that point, the game had not seen too many scoring opportunities. Mallori Lofton-Malachi had to be sharp at times, recording four saves, but for the most part Seton Hall (4-6-1, 0-3-1) appeared happy to sit back and try and absorb pressure defensively. Despite the Bulls finishing with 10 shots, Pirates goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew was only forced into three saves before Klotz’s goal.
That won’t matter a bit to South Florida, though, which moved into third place in the Big East American division with the win, and will now face No.13 Rutgers on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the USF Soccer Stadium. The Scarlet Knights are 3-0-1 in conference play after a 3-1 win against Marquette on Friday night.