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USF Athletics Weekly Round-Up

The unbeaten streak is no more.

Women’s Soccer secures a double-OT win at C., loses unbeaten streak to SMU.

USF tallied its third straight victory over C. on Thursday and it only took their sixth overtime game of the season to do it. Freshman Emilie Lajmiri tallied the clincher in the last minute of the second overtime —the second time in the last three games that the golden goal for the Bulls was scored in the last 60 seconds. Sophomore Lucy Roberts opened the scoring in the 23’ and Junior Goalkeeper Sydney Martinez tallied a season high eight saves. C.’s lone goal occurred in the 36’ after a weather delay.

On Sunday, the Bulls saw their 15-game conference unbeaten streak to come to an end at the hands of SMU, 2-0. The Mustangs took an early lead on a deflection in the 4’ and added an insurance goal in the second half. The Bulls outshot SMU 14-9, but the Mustang goalkeeper secured eight saves.

USF (8-3-2, 3-1-1) looks to rebound against first place Memphis (10-1-1, 4-0) on Sunday.

Men’s Soccer wins first conference game vs. Temple, 3-0

Bob Butehorn’s squad finally came alive in conference play after a very difficult stretch to start the season with a commanding 3-0 victory in Philly vs Temple. Freshman Segun Afolabi opened the scoring in the 12’ with his first goal of the year and fellow freshman Jeffrey Copper notched his second on the year just ahead of the break. Junior Henrique Gallina scored his third in the 51’ to round out the offensive explosion by the Bulls. USF played a man-up on Temple after a hard tackle led to a red card for the Owls. The Bulls also outshot Temple 13-8.

USF (3-6-1, 1-4) will welcome Memphis (4-6-1, 3-2) to Corbett Stadium on Friday looking to notch their second conference victory and remain in the conference tournament hunt.

Women’s Golf Places Sixth in Evie Odom Invitational

USF finished sixth in the 13-team tournament in Virginia Beach, but not before setting a program record 279 in the second round - a record that was set checks notes a month ago in their opening tournament of the fall. The Bulls carded 854 (+14) with C. coming in first place with +1 overall. Spring 2021 All-Conference Selection Sophomore Melanie Green led the team with 11 birdies in the tournament and placed 11th overall shooting +2.

The Bulls play their final fall tournament October 25-26 in Kiawah Island, S.C. at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Men’s Golf Continues its meteoric rise

After two top-5 finishes in their first two tournaments of the fall USF enters the top-10 of the Golfweek Men’s Team Collegiate Rankings - tops in the state of Florida.

Women’s Volleyball loses both matches vs. Tulane and Houston at home

USF pushed one of the top teams in the conference in Tulane to five sets before dropping their fifth straight conference loss. In a back-and-forth match the Green Wave took sets 1, 3, and 5 while the Bulls battled to take sets 2 and 4. Freshman Marta Cvitkovic led all Bulls with 15 kills and Junior CC Clausen led the team with 18 digs.

On Sunday, the Bulls battled against first place Houston winning the first set 30-28 before losing the next three in a row 25-23, 25-10, and 25-12. Freshman Tizi Puljiz recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs leading the Bulls in both categories. Cvitkovic tied the game-lead with two aces.

USF (6-11, 0-6) will take on third-place C. (12-5, 5-1) in the Yuengling Center on Wednesday before heading to Temple (4-13, 0-6) on Friday.