TAMPA - Coming into tonight's game with cross-town rival University of Tampa, the University of South Florida men's soccer team had just two days of practice under their belts, but by the end of the night, the Bulls looked like the Top 25 team that were billed as in the recent preseason rankings.
USF and Tampa met in the fifth annual Rowdies Cup tonight at the USF Soccer Stadium and, in front of 1,012 fans, continued its unbeaten streak in the series with a dominating 4-1 win over the Spartans. The Bulls are now 4-0-1 in the series.
Playing three 30 minute periods instead of two 45 minute halves, both teams came out in the first period trying to feel each other out and falling more into a defensive style of play. It wasn't until the second period that USF would strike first when Francisco Aristeguieta fed the ball to Felipe Libreros who would put the Bulls on top at the 35:40 mark of the game.
Tampa would finally get on the board at 52:34 when Paschal Milien connected on a penalty kick past USF goalkeeper Jeff Attinella for the Spartans only goal of the contest.
The Bulls would open the game up in the third period scoring just 1:06 into the final stanza on a goal by Jorge Mora off a pass from Alessandro Bianchi. USF would then just score under seven later on a circus shot by Ogi Perucica off a pass from Zak Boggs at 67:53.
Boggs would then get his name in the goals column closing out the Bulls scoring on the night off an assist from Shawn Chin at 76:58.
On the night, USF would end up out shooting Tampa 10-9 while the Spartans had a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal, the Attinella had four saves for the Bulls.
USF will now hit the road for the second of its three exhibition games when it faces Akron on Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Zips recently earned the distinction, from College Soccer News, of having the No. 1 recruiting class in America while The Bulls are ranked No. 11 in the publications Top 40 rankings.
USF will close out their preseason slate on Aug. 27, at home, against Stetson at 7:30 p.m. and will open the regular season portion of their schedule on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. against UCF at the USF Soccer Stadium.