TAMPA – Thanks to the scoring of senior forward Jordan Seabrook, the USF men’s soccer team will be a host and competitor in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals next weekend at USF Soccer Stadium.
USF defeated Georgetown, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championships Sunday afternoon at USF Soccer Stadium. Seabrook tallied both USF goals and ensured the Bulls’ second appearance in the BIG EAST final four. The other appearance came in 2005.
The No. 16/10 Bulls will face No. 13/11 Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern in the second game of the semifinals. The first game of the semifinals will pit No. 3/5 St. John's against DePaul at 5 p.m. The winners will meet in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Noon with an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament on the line. Both semifinal games and the final will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
“I thought it was a very good win,” said USF head coach George Kiefer. “You have got to tip your hats to Georgetown, they made the game very difficult. They are a very good team and deserve a spot in the NCAA Tournament.”
It marks the third time in Seabrook’s career that he has scored two goals in a game. The other two occasions came against UCF (2007) and Stetson (2006). Seabrook has scored the Bulls last three goals, including the game winner in the regular season finale against Rutgers.
The Bulls started the game off with a bang at 2:57 in the first half when junior forward Zak Boggs fed Seabrook, who used his left foot to place one just outside of the reach of the Georgetown keeper, Mark Wilber, and inside the right post for the 1-0 lead.
“It feels great to get the win and advance to the semifinals,” said Seabrook. “To get a big win on our home turf and to play as well as we did, helps build a lot of confidence for the next round.”
The Bulls outshot the Hoyas, 6-4, in the first half.
The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first half as USF scored and went up 2-0 in the opening moments of action. Seabrook stole the ball from Georgetown’s Mostafa Ebrahimnejad and dribbled up the middle from 20 yards out. He took advantage of the one-on-one with the Hoyas’ goalkeeper to give USF a two-goal cushion as the clock stopped at 46:12. The goal was the fifth of the season for Seabrook, which is the highest total on the team.
The second goal was needed as Georgetown cut the lead in half in the 63rd minute. David Madison rebounded a shot off the goal post and beat sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Attinella to make it 2-1.
Despite the lone goal, Attinella was once again stellar with four critical saves that helped the Bulls improve to 12-4-2 on the season and 7-0-1 at home. The Hoyas fell to 11-5-3 and are eliminated from the BIG EAST Championship hunt. It is the second consecutive season USF has eliminated the Hoyas.
USF outshot Georgetown 17-11 overall and 7-5 on goal. Senior midfielder Jason Devenish led USF with three shots on the day, including a bicycle kick that sailed just high of the post.
Tickets for the final two rounds of the BIG EAST Championship at USF Soccer Stadium can be purchased at the gate at 4 p.m. on Friday. One ticket is good for both games. Group tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-GoBulls.