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USF Athletics Weekly Round-Up 10/26-31

Another conference championship for Women’s Soccer!

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Men’s Soccer shocks C. 4-3 in OT, ties Memphis, 0-0

USF went into Oviedo on Wednesday in the second match of the War-on-I4 looking to pull the upset and ended up on the winning side of a thriller. Freshman Shion Soga picked a great time to notch his third goal of the season firing the golden goal in the 95’ to give the Bulls the victory. Freshmen Oscar Resano, Andres Freire, and Jeffrey Copper all scored in the match - which bodes well for the future - but after seemingly taking control in the second half up 3-1, the Knights came back to tie it with two goals in ten minutes. The Bulls put the pressure on in OT with a 3-1 shot advantage that led to the Soga game-winner and a slimetime victory.

The Bulls then walked into Memphis on Sunday looking to capitalize on the momentum, but settled for a 0-0 tie. USF outshot the Tigers 17-10 as junior goalkeeper Kazuna Takase recorded his third shutout on the year with four saves. The Bulls remain three points behind the Tigers for the fourth and final spot in the AAC Tournament going into the final weekend of the regular season. The Bulls need a victory and a Memphis loss vs. SMU to secure fourth place.

USF (5-7-2, 3-5-1) will wrap-up the regular season at home vs. Temple (2-11-2, 0-9) on senior night this Friday.

Women’s Soccer locks down the regular season title with dominating 2-0 win vs. Temple

For the fifth straight season USF women’s soccer will claim an AAC Conference title and will now host the Conference Tournament at Corbett for the second straight year - er second time in seven months. Sophomore Rosalia Muino Gonzalez picked a great time to score her first goal of the season in the 19’ on a penalty kick to put USF up for good. Senior Meghan Cavanaugh scored the second goal in the 79th minute before the celebrations started. Junior goalkeeper Sydney Martinez pitched a shutout for the seventh time this year, third time in a row, and hasn’t given up a goal since the 2-0 loss to SMU on October 10th.

USF (11-3-2, 6-1-1) will look to avenge their only conference loss of the season vs. SMU (11-3-2, 4-2-2) on Thursday in the AAC Conference Tournament Semifinals at Corbett at 7 p.m.

Volleyball swept in homestand vs. Wichita St. and Tulsa

USF is still searching for their first conference victory of the year after losing to Wichita St. on Friday and Tulsa on Halloween. Wichita St. entered with a seven match win streak and swept the Bulls in straight sets winning 25-18, 25-15, and 25-21. Freshman Marta Cvitkovic again led the team with eight kills and two aces.

Looking to turn their fortunes vs. seventh place Tulsa on Halloween, the Bulls jumped out to a 25-16 first set victory, but then proceeded to drop the following three sets in close fashion. Tulsa fired back winning 25-21, 25-20, and 25-22 to hand USF their 12th straight loss. Freshman Tizi Puljiz paced the Bulls with 12 kills and and six blocks on the night.

USF (6-17, 0-12) will hit the road to face ECU (8-13, 4-8) on Friday and Cincinnati (13-7, 8-4) on Sunday.

Women’s Golf places second in Palmetto Intercollegiate field of 16

Women’s Golf secured a runner-up finish in their final fall competition in the Palmetto Intercollegiate in South Carolina. The Bulls shot a +3 867 over 54 holes to place second in the 16-team tournament with North Florida coming in first place shooting -8. Sophomore Melanie Green led the team shooting -5 and placing third overall individually in the tournament.

No. 21 Men’s Golf finishes fifth in the Bahamas to wrap-up Fall Competition

USF competed in the White Sands Bahamas Invitational on Paradise Island in the Bahamas this weekend to wrap-up the fall schedule and placed fifth in the 12-team field. The Bulls shot -12 - one stroke out of third place - behind first place Ole Miss, no. 23 East Tennessee St., no. 28 San Francisco, and Little Rock. Junior Albin Bergstrom posted his third top-10 finish this fall shooting -9 and placing third.

Both Men’s and Women’s Golf will start their spring seasons in February 2022.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country finish last in AAC Championships

The Men’s Cross Country team placed ninth in the team 8K with a team time of 2:15:34, 0:12 behind eighth place Tulane and just under 15-minutes behind first-place Tulsa. The Bulls placed the 35th, 44th, 47th, 51st, 59th and 60th runners averaging 27:07.

The Women’s Cross Country team placed 11th in the team 6K with a team time of 1:59:43, 0:38 behind 10th place Tulane and 11 minutes behind first-place Tulsa. The Bulls placed the 51st, 55th, 63rd, 65th, 69th, 73rd, and 74th runners averaging 23:57.