By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – Possessing the poise of a veteran helped USF men’s soccer player Chris Blais gain Big East attention.
The 6-foot-4 roadblock in the box earned the conference’s goalkeeper of the week award after playing a big part in the Bulls’ shutout of Wake Forest in their season opener.
“Anytime he can get an accolade like this speaks volumes for himself and obviously the team defense and program,” USF assistant coach Bryheem Hancock said Monday.
Blais, a graduate student who transferred from Michigan, made seven saves in the 2-0 road win Saturday that marked his first-ever start with USF.
Hancock said Blais’ ability to control the tempo was valuable in helping the Bulls keep the No. 13 Demon Deacons in check.
“There were times Wake had us on our heels and he slowed it down,” Hancock said. “There were times when we needed a guy to push the guys in front of them a little bit just to keep them in the game. I thought he did that.”
USF’s next test comes at home Friday against Georgia State at 7:30 p.m.