J. Meric

Bulls Beat FGCU, Will Host Tulsa on Sunday

November 15, 2012
Team 1      2      OT  
FGCU 0 0 0 0 3 0
USF 0 0 0 0 5 0



USF Senior Writer

TAMPA -The Bulls booked another NCAA tournament game at Corbett Stadium thanks to perfection when pressure was at the highest level.

Leston Paul capped off a 5-for-5 performance by USF shooters in penalty kicks to help the Bulls outlast the Eagles, 5-3, Thursday night after the first-round game remained scoreless through two OT periods. The Bulls will host a second tournament game 6 p.m. Sunday against Tulsa.

“We knew for sure all of our players were going to score. That’s how confident we were going in,” said Paul, who beat FGCU keeper Nathan Ingham to secure the victory.

Kevin Olali, Lucas Baldin, Gerardo Hernandez and Ashani Fairclough also scored in the shootout to help the Bulls extend their sixth consecutive tournament trip. USF had a 2-1 advantage when the momentum completely swung the Bulls’ way after FGCU’s Aaron Guillen shot wide of the goal.

Keeper Dallas Jaye notched his first tournament win after making two saves and directing a USF defense that secured its sixth shutout of the season.

“A lot of our focus has been on defending and to get a shutout against a very good Florida Gulf Coast team, I was pleased with that,” head coach George Kiefer said.

The Eagles were able to keep things tied all the way up to the shootout thanks in large part to Ingham, who made six saves with two coming in highlight-reel fashion.

“He made two saves where I was shocked,” Kiefer said. “I was off the bench thinking we had won the game. I have to give credit to him.”

USF is now 2-0 against FGCU this season after a 3-0 win at Corbett Stadium on Sept. 25 and now the focus quickly shifts to a dangerous Tulsa team. The Golden Hurricane (13-5-1) earned a first-round bye after winning the Conference USA title.

The Bulls defeated Tulsa, 2-1, earlier this season in Oklahoma and Kiefer knows another tough test is ahead on Sunday.

“Tulsa is an excellent team. They won their conference final, 5-0. They have some good talent,” Kiefer said.









USF G A Shots
Baldin, Lucas
0 0 3
G A Shots
Crespo, Federico
0 0 3
USF Min. GA Saves
Jaye, Dallas 110:00 0 2
Min. GA Saves
Ingham, Nathan
110:00 0 6



































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