USF coach Denise Schilte-Brown is hoping that her team’s four game road trip will help the players focus and get away from distractions.

“I think they’re excited and ready to keep the ball rolling and get away from the distractions,” she said. “I do think getting off campus and getting away from distractions will help us on the road.”

While the Bulls are getting away from the distractions of “exams, school, professors, and friends,” Schilte-Brown said, some players are starting to think about the Big East tournament after defeating Connecticut 2-1 this past Sunday.

“If we make it in the top couple teams of the Big East we could make the Big East tournament,” said senior Amanda McCormick.

The top eight teams in the conference standings at season’s end get a tournament birth.

If USF is going to earn a berth into this year’s tournament the Bulls must first focus on this week’s games first.

USF (6-5-3, 3-2-2) begins its four game road trip against Louisville (4-6-0, 1-6-0) Friday nigh at 7:00 p.m.  USF and the Cardinals have faced off twelve times with the series tied 6-6, but Louisville has won the last five meetings.

Louisville is returning from a five game road trip and a two game losing streak, losing at Georgetown and Villanova.  The Cardinals are statistically at the bottom half of the league in almost every category including shots taken, goals scored, and saves made.

After Louisville, the Bulls will make a short trip north to take on Cincinnati (7-7-1, 2-4-1) Sunday at 1 p.m.  Like Louisville, the Bearcats have had recent success against USF as of late, defeating the Bulls the past three seasons by a combined score of 6-1.

That’s even more a reason for USF put the distractions behind them.

“It’s just great to have focus (on the road) and we need it,” Schilte-Brown said.

-Phil Neary

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