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Women’s Soccer: Dons Play Well But Can’t Find Victory in WCC Opener at St. Mary’s

That’s the way it goes sometimes. In a game that opened up West Coast Conference (WCC) play for the Dons, USF was unable to walk away with a win, falling 1-0 to the St. Mary’s Gaels in Moraga, Calif. on Oct. 5.

Starting off heavily pressured by the Gaels, the Dons (5-5-2, 0-1-0 WCC) were unable to gather a sense of rhythm, making it difficult for the tandem of junior forward Mackenzie Krieser and freshman forward Lexie Kreuger to establish any sort of connection together to attack the net. The brief moment of assault in the first half came during the 34th minute when Krieser found Krueger with just feet separating her and the goal, but she was unable to get the shot off as defenders swirled around her and cleared the ball.

The aggressive nature of the Gaels (5-7-0, 1-0-0 WCC) paid off in the 37th minute when St. Mary’s sophomore Jaime Turrentine was able to intercept a pass and dump it off to freshman Mary Fraser, who, with a couple of touches, blasted a 30-yard laser that ended up in the back of the net, putting up the Gaels up 1-0 in the first half.

With Fraser’s first goal of her collegiate career, St. Mary’s was put in the driver’s seat for the rest of the match. Maintaining the aggressive style of play that the put them in the lead, the Gaels had several chances to extend their advantage, but the defensive play of USF’s sophomore goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel kept the Dons in contention for the entire match. She helped put the team in a position where they could trust their defense enough to play less conservatively later on in the second half.

The Dons kept knocking on the door as junior midfielder Abigail Phillip’s cross in the 77th minute almost connected with Krieser, but the shot went wide and the Gaels were able to ward off the Dons’ 14 shots on goals and pick up the win in the process.

“They scored a lucky goal in the first half and we dominated the rest of the game. That’s soccer,” Head Coach Jim Millinder said to USFdons.com. “That’s probably the best 2×45 [two 45-minutes halves] we’ve played all season but that’s just the way the game worked out sometimes.”

It was a frustrating loss that came despite the exhibition of Krieser’s playmaking brilliance, but Millinder is confident things will turn around for the talented Dons team.

“Soccer’s a funny game,” he said to USFdons.com. “They kids got to keep working hard and do the right things. They’re doing the right things. At some point things will change. At some point that little round thing will roll over the line.”

The Dons won’t have to wait long for that ball to run over the line, as they will fight for their first WCC win at home tonight against No. 22 BYU at Negeosco Stadium at 7 p.m.

Future Looks Bright For Women’s Soccer Team Despite 5-0 Loss In Finale

The women’s soccer team fell 5-0 to No. 22 Portland Saturday in their season finale at Merlo Field. USF finished the season 7-8-4 overall and 2-5-1 in the West Coast Conference. With the win, the Pilots improved to 11-4-4 overall and 5-1-2 in the WCC.

Rebekah Kurle scored Portland’s first goal off an assist by Kendall Johnson at the 2:38 mark of the first half. Kurle added another goal at the 13:27 mark of the first half off an assist by Amanda Frisbee.

Emily Sippel scored two goals of her own, the first at the 20:43 mark of the first half off assists by Frisbee and Michelle Cruz, and the second was unassisted at the 76:33 mark of the second half. Develyn Jeter made it 5-0 with an unassisted goal at the 85:36 mark of the second half.

Despite the result of this final game, the Dons’ 2012 season was one of improvement and promise.

“Now that the season is over, I can really see how far we’ve come as a team. We have grown so much from preseason as a whole and individually,” senior defender Kelly Farrell said.

USF indeed improved this year under new head coach Jim Millinder. Last year, the Dons finished 6-14-0 overall and 2-6-0 in conference play. This year’s team lost six fewer games than the 2011 team, and they showed marked improvement against nationally ranked Santa Clara.

Although the Dons fell behind early against No. 17 Santa Clara on Senior Night, USF fought back to force a 2-2 draw Oct. 26 at Negoesco Stadium. According to usfdons.com, it was the first time in nearly three decades the Dons earned points against the Broncos. Prior to Friday’s game, the Broncos had historically outscored the Dons 75-6.

“The highlight of the season was definitely when we tied Santa Clara for the first time ever on Senior Night. It was not only a great way to finish my last home game, but it really represents where this team is headed. We are more than capable of competing with top-20 teams now,” Farrell said.

Farrell’s elation about the team’s progress turned to nostalgia when she reflected on the fact that she had played her last game as a member of this team.

“I’ll miss the feeling of camaraderie with my teammates the most. They are like my second family and I’ll definitely miss seeing them day in and day out on the field,” Farrell said.

Despite her sadness about leaving the team, Farrell is optimistic about the Dons’ future.

“I truly believe this team can make it to the NCAA tournament next year and has a bright future ahead. We have worked very hard this season to build a strong foundation for next year. I hope that making it to the NCAA tournament becomes a tradition for USF women’s soccer and not just a dream,” Farrell said.

If the team’s historic draw against Santa Clara or their improved overall record is any indication, Farrell’s dream may soon become a reality.