By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The USF men's soccer team has been receiving some high praises from national media outlets this preseason.
The Bulls are No. 5 in the initial NSCAA NCAA Division I Men's Rankings. The NSCAA ranked USF sixth in the country in its final poll last year after the Bulls (13-4-4) won the Big East's Red Division regular season title and made a trip to the Elite Eight.
"I think it put the final piece on last year's accomplishments. This season will begin and we'll go game by game," head coach George Kiefer said Tuesday. "It also will motivate the teams that we play. Always when you're ranked highly, teams get up for that. It's good because we schedule good teams to get their 'A' game. We want to play them at their best, so we can answer questions throughout the season."
National soccer outlets also are impressed with what the Bulls have done since last season. USF ranked 11th in the College Soccer News Top 30 Recruiting Classes after the program brought in seven new players, including five with experience at the collegiate level.
College Soccer News stated: Forward Edwin Moalosi played two seasons at Lincoln Junior College, where he was an NJCAA First Team All-American and midfielder Samuel Hosseini, who was a junior college All-American at Tyler Junior College, are impact players who headline the class. Forward Humberto Betran out of Davis and Elkins College is the sleeper of the class. Defenders Carlos Garcia and Mario Mesen should contribute immediately. View the full College Soccer News rankings HERE.
"I was pleased for the recruits. Obviously we know we have a very talented class. For them to get recognized was nice for them, but the rankings for them are basically what they've done up to this point. Now it's really, what can they do now at this level to help the program?" Kiefer said.
Catch the Bulls in action when they host Jacksonville on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Corbett Soccer Stadium. The exhibition game is set for a 7:30 p.m. start.