Bulls Drop Heartbreaker to Illinois State

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TAMPA (Nov. 15, 2014) – All streaks must come to an end and for the USF women’s soccer team, that ending came much too soon.

The Bulls were riding a seven-game unbeaten streak as they entered the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, a hard fought battle against the Illinois State Redbirds (16-5) wasn’t enough to keep the season going for the Bulls.

“I’ve been really proud of this team all year,” head coachDenise Schilte-Brown said. “It was a special team in terms of character and the way they came together. How the seniors and leadership worked to make this such a special season. It is a selfless group and I was really proud of them all year. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of them than I was in the last 45 minutes of this game. Just to see the courage and guts that the girls had to win the game.”

USF found themselves down 3-0 in the second half but managed to pull within one goal late before ultimately falling, 3-2.

“I really felt like there was a way to get at them,” Schilte-Brown said. “I just gave them an idea of the way I thought that we could be successful and believe in them. I really did believe in them throughout the entire game. Until the last minute and the final whistle I thought that we were going to win.”

The Redbirds found the back of the net first in the 19th minute as Dagny Olson notched her fourth goal of the year. Olson found the back left corner of the net and USF goalieKat Elliott just could not get her fingers on the ball to corral it and keep the game scoreless.

ISU struck again with just 12 minutes left in the first half to take a 2-0 lead. Rachel Tejada scored on a header that just escaped Elliott’s grasp….

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