Let’s take your mind off football for a little bit. And in this unfortunate case, see how other USF athletic teams were able to frustrate you this Labor Day weekend.
It was a lost weekend for the USF men’s soccer team in Bloomington, IN at the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. The Bulls first lost a heartbreaker, 3-2, in overtime on Friday night to No. 19 Butler. USF carried a 2-1 lead into the final minutes of regulation before Butler was able to find an equalizer in the 89th minute. The Bulldogs buried the Bulls with a golden goal in the 93rd minute on a penalty kick. Bradley Farias and Adrian Billhardt had the two USF goals early in the first half.
On Sunday, the Bulls were shut out 3-0 by No. 9 Indiana. USF outshot the Hoosiers 10-6 in the first half, but couldn't muster anything offensively in the second. Sophomore Alex Zis led all Bulls with three shots.
USF (1-2) will take to the road again on Friday night vs. Creighton.
Things weren’t much better for the women’s soccer squad over the weekend. USF lost 6-2 at Ohio State on Sunday night. Freshman forward Sarah Harrison scored her first-career goal in the match, and that was about all the positives I could pull out of this one.
USF (3-2) will now return home for a match this Thursday night against Mississippi State.
Speaking of Mississippi State, the USF volleyball team was in Starkville this weekend for the Bulldog Invitational. On Friday, the Bulls couldn’t recover from two sluggish starts and lost both matches. The first one was dropped in four sets (14-25, 25-21, 21-25, 9-25) to Stephen F. Austin. USF was led by senior outside hitter Priscilla Ehieze, who had seven kills in the second set, their only set win of the match.
USF dropped the second match of Friday’s competition to host Mississippi State in straight sets. At least they were competitive sets (23-25, 20-25, and 22-25).
The Bulls did rebound with a much-needed straight-set victory (25-12, 25-17, 25-10) over Grambling State on Saturday in the final match of the invitational. Senior setter Alex Mendoza was all over the court for the Bulls, tallying match highs of 21 assists and four service aces while adding five kills.
USF (2-4) will look to right the ship when they return home this weekend for the USF Classic, first playing Bethune-Cookman on Friday.