Sunday, October 18, 2009

Colleges: Klotz puts Bulls close to Big East tournament

Chelsea Klotz’s second goal of the game gave South Florida an overtime victory and a vital three points as the Bulls defeated Cincinnati 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Gettler Stadium.

"Chelsea was outstanding today," South Florida coach Denise Schilte-Brown said. "She has worked so hard on her ability to finish and it obviously paid off today."

Klotz picked up a pass from Rehana Murani, and lofted a shot over Cincinnati goalkeeper Andrea Kaminski into the back of the net in the 97th minute for her seventh goal of the season. The victory gave the Bulls a pair of victories for the weekend, and propelled them into second place in the Big East American division.

After a scoreless first half, Klotz gave the Bulls the lead in the 62nd minute, taking an opportunity created by Gina Pacheco. The Bearcats hit back 11 minutes later, Emily Hebbler scoring after Julie Morrissey’s shot had been blocked.

South Florida now just needs one point from its final two games, at St. John’s and Syracuse next weekend, to secure its place in the Big East Tournament. The Bulls missed out last season, but now have five conference wins, the most since USF joined the Big East.

“Today was a tough match,” Schilte-Brown said. “It is difficult to come up north and adjust to the elements but I was really proud of the team. They were focused and played hard from start to finish.”

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