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USF Men’s Soccer loses 3-0 to SMU

The top 5 ranked Mustangs give USF a tough 3-0 loss at home.

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USF Men’s Soccer dropped their match against no. 3/4 ranked SMU 3-0 after a chippy 90 minutes of action. The loss puts USF at 6-3 on the year and 1-1 in the American.

SMU was able to take the lead in the 29th minute after Gabriel Costa got one past USF goalkeeper Harrison Devenish-Meares to put the Mustangs in front. Less than 10 minutes later the Ponies doubled the lead in the 35th minute with a goal from Knut Alexander to give SMU a 2-0 lead at halftime.

USF seemed to come to life in the beginning of the second half, outshooting SMU 7-2 and having more possession during the second 45 minutes. The Bulls’ best chance came in the 50th minute when junior Avionne Flanagan was served a beautiful free kick but his shot missed just wide of the post.

Despite the shot advantage in the second half, the Mustangs were able to tack on another goal in the 85th when Henry Smith-Hastie hit a wonder strike from 25 yards out. SMU finished the night with a 13-11 edge in shots with nine of their shots coming on goal. Senior Harrison Devenish-Meares finished the night with six saves and both teams finished the night with 14 fouls a piece as tempers flared in the second half.

USF will take a break from conference play with a game versus Jacksonville University on Tuesday, October 15th at Corbett Stadium.