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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 3, 2000


TAMPA -- The Bulls lost their Conference USA women's soccer tournament opener in St. Louis, but they didn't go quietly.

USF played top-seeded Marquette tough, falling 2-1 in double overtime. USF (6-10-1) set the tone early, scoring on a Siri Nordby goal five minutes into the match. In fact, the Bulls dominated the Golden Eagles early, limiting the league's top team to just three shots in the first half.

But Marquette (17-3-1) outshot the Bulls 11-1 in the second half. In the 78th minute, Rhegan Hyypio scored on an assist from Carolyn Klopp to tie the game.

Neither team scored from that point until the 115th minute, when Kate Gordon scored the game-winner.

The match marked the first time in tournament history that a first-round game went into double overtime. USF, which went 4-6-1 in C-USA, was honored individually with four players on the all-conference teams.

Nordby was named first-team All-Conference USA while Tia Oplinger and Brooke Beck were named to the second and third teams. Danielle Aldrich was named to the all-freshman team.

Nordby, a senior midfielder, was the league's shot leader and had 12 goals and two assists.

Oplinger, a junior forward, had three goals and three assists while Beck, a senior defender, was one of three Bulls to start every game. Aldrich, a forward, scored four goals in just six starts.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lindsey Smith scored 13 points and added seven rebounds and Shannon Layne scored 11 points with seven boards as USF lost 58-47 to Premier Players on Wednesday in the exhibition opener.

USF shot just 29.5 percent (13-of-44) from the field, including 22.7 percent (5-of-22) in the second half. The exhibition season continues against the Oklahoma Flyers on Nov. 11 prior to the season opener at Arizona State on Nov. 19.

MEN'S SOCCER: After scoring five goals in three wins, Greg Krauss was named Conference USA Player of the Week. It marked the second time in a month the former Clearwater High standout has earned the award.

Krauss leads the Bulls in scoring with 30 points on 15 goals.

USF (10-8, 3-3 in C-USA) faces No. 16 Saint Louis today in the regular-season finale that the Bulls must win to have a shot at advancing to the league tournament.

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