By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The USF men’s soccer team topped No. 13 Wake Forest and tamed a huge crowd in its season opener Saturday night.
Dom Dwyer gave USF the lead and the Bulls made sure it stood up in a 2-0 victory before a crowd of 4,123 at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.
“It was real nice to come here on their ground and take care of the game like we took care of it,” USF head coach George Kiefer said.
Dwyer scored almost 22 minutes in on an assist from Wesley Charpie. Bulls then got a big assist from Wake Forest in the form of an own goal almost 37 minutes into play.
“I felt like we were the better team in a lot of areas tonight, which is good to walk away from being on the road at Wake Forest and feeling that way,” Kiefer said.
Keeper Chris Blais, a transfer from Michigan, made his regular season debut as a Bull and totaled seven saves.
“He didn’t have a lot of work, but the work he did he did efficiently,” Kiefer said. “That’s what good goalkeepers do.”
Season openers are a lot about seeing what you have as a team and Kiefer was pleased at how the Bulls looked as a whole.
“If you look at the minutes that we got from guys that didn’t start the game, I think that’s a huge strength of this team is the amount of players that we have that can contribute,” the coach said.
The best might be yet to come as well.
USF also scored twice in an exhibition win over Tampa at home and Kiefer thinks the Bulls could be on the verge of really busting out offensively.
“I felt like the third goal was coming (against Wake), but with a little more work and cleaning things up I think in the future we’ll get that third goal,” Kiefer said.
USF will see if its offense can keep progressing Friday, Sept. 2 when it hosts Georgia State at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on GoUSFBulls.com.