Surging USF women's soccer leading division
Most improved team on USF's campus this fall? It has to be women's soccer, which has won three straight matches and is tied for the Big East's American Division lead entering the final weekend of the season.
The Bulls (8-5-3) are 5-2-2 in Big East play and have already won more conference matches than in any of their previous four seasons in the conference. They've matched their most overall wins since 1999, an impressive feat for a program that hasn't finished over .500 in any season in the past decade.
USF has a chance to win the regular-season division title this weekend, with games at St. John's (5-3-1 in Big East) and Syracuse (1-7-1). Win both matches, and USF would clinch the regular-season title if Marquette (5-2-2) loses one of its two remaining matches. If the Bulls can finish in the top two in the division, they would host a quarterfinal match in the Big East tournament on Nov. 1.
The Bulls have scored seven goals in their last three wins, and as a team, they're on pace to double last year's scoring total. After scoring 13 goals last season, the Bulls have 23 this fall, led by sophomores Chelsea Klotz (7 goals, 1 assist) and Noelle Pineiro (6 goals, 3 assists).