USF hosted runners from 10 different schools in the USF Invitational on Friday at The Claw. The Bulls had a strong showing, finishing first in the women's event and third in the men's. Also, we went there!
Because we are an all-purpose USF Athletics blog, I'm out at the cross-country meet. Apparently you warm up for running by... running.— Collin Sherwin (@USFCollin) September 5, 2014
This is basically everyone at the end. OMG they all look exhausted. pic.twitter.com/EAT81AmEKB— Collin Sherwin (@USFCollin) September 5, 2014
Thing I like about cross-country: evey team has a 10x10 tent. It's just like tailgating but you push yourself near death in the middle.— Collin Sherwin (@USFCollin) September 5, 2014
The Bulls huddling before running. Sweet kicks gents. pic.twitter.com/0GIaLdA9eG— Collin Sherwin (@USFCollin) September 5, 2014
The USF ladies after their race. We still don't know who won. pic.twitter.com/FsrQGhJAlw— Collin Sherwin (@USFCollin) September 5, 2014
The lead group 16min in. One USF guy up there. pic.twitter.com/fEBVOzRJHi— Collin Sherwin (@USFCollin) September 5, 2014
Winner did 26:40. This guy from Florida College got last. He'd still beat me. pic.twitter.com/xkNL1dl53L— Collin Sherwin (@USFCollin) September 5, 2014
Congrats to the USF women's team for winning. The Bulls Catherine Blaney also finished 2nd overall with a time of 18:18, beaten only by her sister Anne-Marie... who was the winner for C. Florida. That household has to absolutely suck on Thanksgiving weekend.
Thursday night was a lot of fun at Corbett Stadium as the Bulls beat #24 Akron on a double overtime golden goal 2-1. Lucas Baldin's second brace of the match came with only 30 seconds remaining, and sent The Goalmouths home winners. Baldin was brilliant on both goals even though he was playing as a true #10, and was named AAC Offensive Player of The Week for his efforts. Also he won lots of other awards from various soccer organizations too long to list here.
USF controlled the run of play most of the match, and even missed an early penalty kick that would have given them the lead. But Edwin Moalosi missed the super-sitter in the 2nd minute and it went to halftime at 0-0, setting up a dramatic second half and overtime.
Also the USF bench got a red card after the match was over for dissent.
TURN DOWN FOR WHAT "@VoodooFiveSBN: Red card issued to the USF bench after the game ends."— Jamie (@chuckycrater) September 5, 2014
Then on Sunday the Bulls beat Portland 2-0. Ghanaian senior Kennedy Selorm Adablah banged home a rebound off a Wesley Charpie free kick, and Baldin iced it with a strike low and left in the 90th minute. Bulls keeper Spasoje Stefanovic only had to make one save in the Bulls (2-1-0) victory.
The USF Invitational was last weekend, and on Friday afternoon USF beat Buffalo in a dramatic five-set by the Bulls over the Bulls (UCWIDT??). It took a 16-14 win in the 5th to give USF the victory, and Erin Fairs was the star with 20 kills on 45 attacks as well as 25 digs. Dakota Hampton came off the bench for 16 kills on 54 swings and 20 digs. It was ugly but dramatic volleyball, and USF did just enough to eek out a win over an inferior opponent.
But Friday night FIU exposed a lot of the Bulls early-season weaknesses in a 3-1 win. The Fightin' Credential Withholders held the Bulls to just a .122 hitting percentage for the match, and picked up 15 blocks too. USF looked like they figured it out in the 3rd set winning comfortably 25-15, but then gave it right back in the fourth with some rather uninspired play.
Note: we went to both matches above... do you know how hard it is for this blog to write bad things about volleyball? They're out of system too much, are tipping too many balls instead of attacking them, and just aren't on the same page yet. Playing freshmen does that to you. The American Conference is a league USF should able to compete in consistently in volleyball, and they'll figure it out. They've got great coaches and you can see flashes of really high-end play, but they just need time together to get better.
On Sunday they paved South Carolina State 25-19, 25-18, 25-14 because HAHAHA MEAC. All 16 USF (2-4) players that dressed and were healthy played, and USF held the Bulldogs to a .034 hitting percentage as a team.
They head to The Plains to take on Winthrop, Troy, and host Auburn this weekend.
USF won the Blue Raider Classic last weekend with a 3-0 win over Middle Tennessee, and a 1-0 OT victory over Kenesaw State.
Leticia Skeet, Kate Loye, and Olivia Chance all picked up second-half tallies for the Bulls in their win over the Blue Raiders. Bulls keeper Thordis Aikman had four saves in the shutout victory. On Sunday the Bulls picked up their third straight shutout victory via a 98th minute goal by Skeet in OT, giving USF over 300 minutes played now without conceding.
After a shaky 0-2 start the women are now 3-2-1 on the season, and will face #16 South Carolina as well as Texas in their home tournament this weekend.