Women's Soccer Falls 5-1 at USF
Score: #20 South Florida 5, UAlbany 1
Location: Corbett Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Records: UAlbany (14-7-2, 5-2-1 AE); USF (15-3-0, 8-1-0 AAC)
Short Story: UAlbany falls 5-1 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament to the University of South Florida.
Coach Bochette: “We’re so proud of these players and what they’ve done. We, as a program, are very fortunate to have such an incredible group of young women who have raised our program to new heights this year with a win against Arizona, 14 total wins, and yet another appearance in the NCAA Tournament for this class of seniors. In the end, you look out there and by all accounts you have to say we were beaten by a better team tonight. USF is fast, athletic, technical, well-organized, well-coached, and they finished five goals. We’re not upset with the effort we put out, we had our chances, and in the end we just didn’t quite have enough today to overcome a very impressive opponent.”
- USF outshot UAlbany 8-3 in the first half, including 4-1 in shots on goal
- USF outshot UAlbany 21-7 for the full game
- Eleven of the Bulls’ shots were on target
- Andrea Leitner made six saves
- Savanah Courtney scored her first career goal
Making their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last four years, the University at Albany women’s soccer team fell in the Tournament’s opening round at the University of South Florida 5-1 Saturday night.
USF entered the game undefeated at home this season and leading the NCAA in scoring offense, and boasted the top individual point scorer in the NCAA in Evelyne Viens. UAlbany countered with Mariah Williams, ranked tied for fourth in points and goals, and Caroline Kopp, ranked tied for fourth in assists.
USF broke through in the 26th minute. Aubrey Megrath beat UAlbany goalkeeper Andrea Leinter on the right side following a quick pass from Veins at the top of the box.
USF nearly scored again in the 27th minute when a slow roller caught Leitner out of position. Kopp was backing up on the goal line, however, and cleared the ball out of the UAlbany box.
USF notched a second goal in the 33rd minute. Veins scored her 20th goal of the season, running on to a long through ball from Kelli Burney, pushing the ball into the net from inside UAlbany’s box.
The Bulls maintained their 2-0 lead through the remainder of the first half, entering the break with an 8-3 advantage in shots, and a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal.
UAlbany came out aggressively to start the second half, controlling pace through the first few minutes. USF withstood the surge and began wresting back control of the game.
Leitner made a big save in the 52nd minute after Viens broke through two UAlbany defenders. Leitner charged and saved Viens’ shot point-blank. The shot from Katie Kitching on the rebound went wide. USF scored one minute later when Viens and Sabrina Wagner combined to set up Sydeny Nasello.
The Bulls added a fourth goal in the 73rd minute when Nasello and Olivia Cooke combined to set up a long cross for Leah Ferlin who redirected the cross into the back of the net with a header.
In the 76th minute, Savanah Courtney scored her first goal of her Great Dane career off a header from a corner kick by Kopp to bring the score to 4-1. Courtney, a native of Oviedo, Fla., was a member of this year’s senior class playing in its third NCAA Tournament.
USF added one final goal in the 85th minute when Ferlin and Rebekah Anderson set up Jordan Tuttle for her first goal of the season. Tuttle received the pass into the six and found the back of the net on the right side for the final goal of the game.
Mariah Williams and Caroline Kopp will graduate UAlbany holding program records in career goals and points, and assists, respectively. The team ends the season with a program-record 14 victories.
Next: UAlbany’s season has come to an end. USF advances to play Florida State in Tallahassee in the Second Round.