TAMPA – The No. 11 Bulls got off to a fast start before having to endure two overtime periods in Friday’s 2-2 tie with Butler in Ohio.
USF (4-1-1) began its University of Akron run with goals by Roberto Alterio and Ricardo Webb in the first half. Alterio’s goal came in the 32nd minute off an assist by Leston Paul and Webb found the net about five minutes later.
“We wanted to start the game fast and step our pressure up,” head coach George Kiefer said. “To get two goals in the first half was nice for us. There is definitely a lot we can pull from the match.”
Butler (1-1-3) struck back with two goals in the second half. Chad Rigg struck in the 78th minute and Brandon Fricke tied things up in the 82nd before both teams battled through two overtime periods. Kiefer said the Bulls had two good looks after regulation, but Butler keeper Jon Dawson came up with the saves and finished with five.
“I give the guys credit after they tied the game up,” Kiefer said. “We kind of got our heads back and starting moving the ball really well, creating chances. I think if we would have had a few more minutes, we would have won the game.”
The Bulls finish up at the University of Akron Tournament by taking on the host school Sunday at 7 p.m.