By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The No. 9 USF men’s soccer team gave head coach George Kiefer just what he was looking for at home Sunday night.
Leston Paul got the Bulls rolling with a penalty kick goal in the second half and they didn’t take their foot off the gas in a 3-1 victory over Robert Morris.
“After the first one we really stepped on it a little bit more, really raised the game to go after them,” Kiefer said. “I like that about the group.”
Dom Dwyer added two goals about six minutes apart as USF improved to 3-0 this season.
USF outshot the Colonials, 9-1, in a scoreless opening half but Kiefer said its spacing was a bit off.
The Bulls fixed things up after the break and got on the scoreboard when Dwyer beat a defender and got taken out by the keeper in the box. USF went with Paul on the penalty kick and the sophomore midfielder beat the keeper to his left for the 1-0 lead in the 55th minute.
Dwyer had an easier time in front of the box about four minutes later when he took a sharp cross from Wesley Charpie, who he calls a “freshman superstar,” and easily scored with a header.
“He just whipped a ball in perfectly. All I had to do was put my head on it,” Dwyer said.
Dwyer was all alone deep in Robert Morris territory when he put in USF’s final score to his left in the 65th minute.
“I think we showed another side after we got the first one to stay on it, get the second, get the third,” Kiefer said.
The constant offensive pressure combined with an aggressive defense paid dividends for the Bulls. Robert Morris was outshot, 24-5, and didn’t get its first shot on goal until there was less than 11 minutes remaining.
USF’s offensive will look to stay motoring along on the road this coming weekend. The Bulls face Bradley on Friday and Dartmouth on Sunday, Sept. 11 in the Dartmouth Tournament.