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Up early: Rare morning win for USF women's soccer



TAMPA -- USF women's soccer coach Denise Schilte-Brown didn't want to lose a rained-out game against DePaul that was cancelled with the Bulls up 2-0 on Sunday, even if playing Monday morning meant the score was reset and the game replayed in its entirety.

So the Bulls played an 11 a.m. start Monday, winning 1-0 in overtime exactly two hours later -- at their traditional 1 p.m. start time -- with Chelsea Klotz scoring with 6:26 left in the first overtime. Schilte-Brown said the game brought greater meaning to the term "student-athlete," with some of her players literally sprinting from the stadium to an afternoon exam.

"I had two girls come up to me right at the end of the game: 'I can't cold-tub. I have a test," Schilte-Brown said. "An awesome situation. The girls got up in the morning on a Monday, played 100 (minutes) then sprint off the field and go take a test."

Klotz matched teammate Demi Stokes with her team-best fourth goal, and Stokes extended her team overall scoring lead with the assist. The Bulls earned their first conference win after a loss to West Virginia and ties against Pittsburgh and defending national champion Notre Dame. USF (5-3-3) goes on the road this weekend, playing at Cincinnati on Friday night and at Louisville on Sunday.

[Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2011 2:09pm]


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