No. 8 Bulls Ready for Tough Road Games

September 08, 2011

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - The last time USF and Dartmouth squared off in men's soccer was back in 2009 when the Bulls came away with a 1-0 victory at home.

There was an agreement made to continue the series at Dartmouth under one condition.

"The only thing I asked out of Dartmouth was that we get two good games," said USF head coach George Kiefer, whose wish was granted.

USF heads to the Dartmouth Tournament for action Friday and Sunday, and the Bulls' first test comes against a very good Bradley team that's 3-0-1 and ranked No. 23 by Top Drawer Soccer.

"I think (Darmouth) held up their end of the bargain," Kiefer said. "I think we're going to have a great test on Friday."

Bradley's "unorthodox" defense has been a strength this season, surrendering only three goals in four games. Combine that with the fact that the Braves have eight goals of their own and it could make for an interesting matchup for the Bulls in the 4:30 p.m. test in Hanover, N.H.

"The opportunity to go play a ranked team in Bradley that's undefeated and is one of the better teams in their conference and their region, we look forward to that game and we think it's a great opportunity for our program," Kiefer said.

USF already scored a huge road win in its season opener against Wake before a crowd of more than 4,000. This one will be much different, however, with the Bulls playing in the first game of a weekend tournament.

"Typically in college soccer, when the on-campus home team isn't playing, you have to have the ability to get up for a game where there is literally no crowd at it," Kiefer said.

Fortunately for the Bulls, they have enough players who can pump up the team at any given time.

"I think I have six or seven guys that can bring the right energy and get the team to have the right focus, which is a real treat with this team," Kiefer said.

USF concludes its time at the tournament with a game against Dartmouth on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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