USF waited and waited to play Friday night. When the match finally came, there was still little action.

USF (1-2-1) and FIU (1-2-2), scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, was pushed back to 9:45 p.m. because of inclement weather and a double-overtime match from LSU and UCF beforehand.

The Bulls and Panthers played a back-and-forth match where both teams had several chances at goal, but it eventually ended in a scoreless tie.

“FIU’s a good team and we battled it out,” said senior goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi. “We didn’t play as well as we should, but we still got our result.”
USF had 25 shots total and 11 shots on goal.

“I feel like we should just finish our chances,” said junior defender Angelique Waller, who has played every minute this season.

The Golden Panthers were the aggressors in the first half, pouring shots on Lofton-Malachi, who had 13 saves.

After halftime, USF seemed to be the team with the chances, outshooting FIU 12-9 in the second half, including a near game-winning goal from Bahar Sansar’s 35-yard free kick that grazed the crossbar with just under two minutes to go in regulation.

“It was about sharpening up every position, firing early and just getting on top of (FIU),” said USF coach Denise Schilte-Brown. “I thought we set the tempo in the second half quite well.”

USF did receive a setback when Molly Stack was tackled from behind in the 63rd minute and left the game due to injury.

“She’ll be fine, and (the injury) is going to be something that the trainers will be working through,” Schilte-Brown said.

On Sunday, USF faced previously ranked LSU (2-1-1) and took an early lead but gave up two goals as the Tigers defeated USF 2-1.

Sophomore Noelle Pineiro, who started for the first time this season, scored on a penalty kick by LSU goalkeeper Mo Isom in the 63rd minute. It was Pineiro’s third goal of the season.

LSU answered right back as midfielder Melissa Clarke scored on a cross from Taryne Boudreau, and with just three minutes left in the game, Clarke scored again off a deflection by Lofton-Malachi.

“I thought the girls fought really well,” Schilte-Brown said. “We had good contribution from the majority of the team and unfortunately we didn’t get the result.”

-Johnathon Mulder

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