TAMPA – One goal was all that it took for the USF men’s soccer team on Friday night.
The Bulls held their opponent to just two shots on goal in the 1-0 win over Georgia State in the team’s home opener, getting a goal from Sebastien Thuriere in the 24th minute which proved to be all the insurance USF needed on the night.
“It was nice to come out as a team and get the win tonight,” head coach George Kiefer said.
The win was nothing short of a complete team effort as Thuriere headed in the lone goal of the game after a pair of perfectly executed touches from two of his teammates in Kyle Nicholls and Morten Benestad.
USF did not let up after that.
The team piled on nine second half shots, including three on goal and were able to control the ball and the tempo in the second period.
The defense and this week’s BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week Chris Blais handled the rest by pitching the team’s second shutout in as many games.
“I think our captains did a really good job of getting the guys ready to play tonight,” Kiefer said.
The captains played well themselves.
Aubrey Perry led a backline which held Georgia State to no goals, and just a few chances, while Leston Paul helped drive the offense which got three shots apiece from Thuriere and Dom Dwyer.
The Bulls, who knocked off No. 13 Wake Forest in the season opener last Saturday, will look to begin the season 3-0 when they play host to Robert Morris at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night.