Bulls' Season Opener Has a Postseason Feel
WHO: FGCU at USF
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Corbett Stadium
WATCH ONLINE: NSCAATV.com
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The much anticipated 2013 USF men’s soccer season starts with an NCAA tournament rematch for the nation to see.
The Bulls clash with FGCU 8 p.m. Friday at Corbett Stadium in a matchup that will air live on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) website HERE.
“It’s a new era starting for the NSCAA and to be the first men’s game showcased in this new era is pretty historic for the guys,” head coach George Kiefer said. “The exposure you get on their website could help us for years.”
It’s easy to see why the NSCAA went with USF-FGCU as the featured game of the night considering how the latest installment of the in-state rivalry unfolded last season. An electric Corbett Stadium crowd watched the Bulls go 5-for-5 in penalty kicks to defeat the Eagles in the first round of the NCAA tournament after the teams played to a scoreless tie after two overtime periods.
“We feel good about understanding our opponent and putting a plan together to go after them. We look forward to doing that,” Kiefer said.
The Bulls tuned up for the season Aug. 24 with a Rowdies Cup victory over the University of Tampa at Corbett Stadium. Edwin Moalosi netted both goals in the 2-1 win that put the Cup back into the Bulls’ trophy case.
“It’s become a tradition in our preseason ending with that match,” Kiefer said. “It’s a good game for us and I thought there were times in that match where I was very, very impressed with our group. We’re getting better and to have that Cup back is good.”
Season tickets are on sale for both USF men’s and women’s soccer for $50 apiece HERE. Fans also can buy a four-person season ticket package for women's soccer at a cost of $100 that includes 11 regular season home games or a four-person season ticket package for men's soccer at a cost of $100 that includes 10 men’s contests.
A season ticket combo for both men's and women's games (general admission $75/family plan $150) also is available by calling 1-800-GoBulls.