Well, it was a bye week for all of us so I apologize for this being a day late. With football having the week off, there wasn’t much to cover this weekend with the exception of the shifting in the polls for USF. The 11th straight poll appearance for the Bulls is a new program record.
Let’s get to the happenings elsewhere around USF Athletics.
The Bulls remained undefeated in The American this weekend with a 3-2 win at Tulsa on Saturday night. Senior Ricardo Gomez scored twice for USF, who trailed 1-0 at halftime. In fact, the Bulls scored all three of their goals in a five-minute span in the second half to knock off the three-time defending conference tournament champion Golden Hurricane.
Since 2015, USF is 14-2-2 in conference play and now improves to 6-3-1, 3-0-0 this season. The Bulls are 5-0 at Corbett Stadium this year and will host a big game against UConn on Friday night.
The women’s team also continued their tear through The American over the weekend, winning 3-2 at SMU on Thursday night and shutting out Houston 4-0 on Sunday to push the streak to four straight victories.
USF has posted three or more goals in all four wins during this current streak. Sophomore Evelyne Viens leads the charge for the Bulls (9-3-0, 4-1-0) with nine goals this season, good for third in the conference. Fellow sophomore Aubrey Megrath scored two goals in that SMU win.
USF has more than a week off before returning to Corbett Stadium on Oct. 19 to face Temple.
It was another weekend split for USF, with a 3-1 loss at SMU on Friday before a bounce back 3-2 victory over Tulsa on Sunday.
On Friday, the Bulls couldn’t keep up with first-place SMU losing in four sets. (25-22, 15-25, 19-25, 20-25) There were six ties midway through the opening set before a late 5-0 Bulls run gave them their only set win of the match.
On Sunday, USF outscored Tulsa 40-29 in the final two sets to pick up a crucial five-set win. (18-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12) Senior Priscilla Ehieze and freshman Doris Carter each had 14 kills leading the way for the Bulls.
USF will return home for a pair of matches this week facing Temple on Friday night and UConn on Sunday afternoon.
Led by seniors Claudio Correa and Cristian DiMarco, who both posted top-10 finishes, USF finished in sixth-place at the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills last weekend. DiMarco was later named The American's men's golf player of the month for October.
USF is currently making a run in Tennessee at the FAMC Intercollegiate at The Grove this week, and you can grab live scoring updates here.
Junior Cash Tampa (yes, that is his real name and it is amazing) placed 26th overall with a personal-best 8k time of 25:59.1 at the FSU Invitational last weekend. The men's squad finished in eighth, while the women's team posted a ninth-place finish in Tallahassee.
USF actually has a home meet, this Friday at the Claw, hosting the USF Invitational. It is the Bulls’ final meet before the American Athletic Conference Championship on Oct. 28 in Philadelphia.