USF Men’s and Women’s soccer both had arduous tasks this past weekend as we draw closer to the end of the season. The men’s team dropped a match in Philadelphia against Temple, and then drew against no.12/24 FIU. Meanwhile, the women’s team earned a shutout victory over Temple on senior day.
Men’s Soccer (8-4-1, 2-2 AAC)
Men’s soccer started their weekend on October 19th with a road trip up to Philly where they battled against Temple, and lost 3-1.
USF drops a tough 3-1 decision at Temple on Friday night. The Bulls return to the Corbett Stadium pitch on Tuesday night when No. 12/21 FIU comes to Tampa.— USF Men's Soccer (@USFMSOC) October 19, 2019
The Owls got on the board in the first half, scoring in the 32nd minute off a corner kick to get a 1-0 lead. They doubled their lead in the second half at 2-0 in the 61st minute, which was shortly answered by USF junior Emilio Ycaza in the 70th minute to cut the lead in half.
Temple would get a late insurance goal after fending off USF for the entire game. USF out-shot Temple 14-8 (6-4 SOG). Freshman Cooper Blay earned his second career start for the green and gold, and recorded one save in 90 minutes of action.
The Bulls returned to action on Tuesday night by taking on no. 12/14 FIU Panthers at Corbett Stadium. The Bulls and Golden Panthers battled to a 2-2 draw after two full overtime periods and 110 minutes of action.
And this thriller ends in a 2-2 double overtime draw between USF and No. 11 FIU. Victor Claudel and Adrian Billhardt score for the Bulls in the tie. pic.twitter.com/Xa7tySixxS— USF Men's Soccer (@USFMSOC) October 23, 2019
USF got on the board first with a goal by freshman Victor Claudel in the 29th minute after being assisted by junior Avionne Flanagan.
The second half began with more success by USF, with senior Adrian Billhardt finding the back of the net for the first time this season in the 63rd minute on an unassisted goal. The goal extended USF’s lead to 2-0, however that lead would soon vanish. FIU was able to find the back of the net to half the lead in the 78th minute with a goal by Andoni Garrogerrikaextebarria. The Panthers would answer yet again just seconds later with a goal in the 79th minute by Nicholas O’Gallaghan to tie the game.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first and second overtime. Keeper Harrison Devenish-Meares got the start in net, recording 5 saves on 14 shots faced.
USF Women’s Soccer won their fourth game in a row after defeating Temple at Corbett Stadium on Sunday which was senior day. The five seniors honored were: Rebekah Anderson, Brianna Blethen, Aubrey Megrath, Andrea Hauksdottir, and GOAT Evelyne Viens.
Viens found the back of the net in the 25th minute, giving her 62 goals in her career, breaking the American Athletic Conference record for goals in a career. The record was previously held by Rachel Hill from [REDACTED], who scored 61 goals in her career in Storrs, Connecticut from 2013-2016.
USF doubled their lead in the 70th minute when Emma Davies was fouled inside the Temple box leading to a penalty kick from Hauksdottir, who buried it past the Temple goalie.
Sophomore Sydney Martinez got the start in net for USF, going the full 90 minutes, with two saves on the day.
Both USF men’s and women’s soccer return to action later this week. The women’s team will finish out their last three games on the road, starting with a trip to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats this Thursday October 24th. The Men’s team will battle C. in the War on I-4 this Saturday October 26th.