TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 17 University of South Florida men’s soccer team defeated the No. 22 Georgetown Hoyas, 2-1, in their first BIG EAST contest of the year at the North Kehoe Field in Washington, D.C.
“It was nice to get a win in the BIG EAST, especially on the road,” said USF head coach George Kiefer. “I really take my hat off to our guys, We were down 1-0 to a top 25 team and battled back to tie it in the first half. We have a lot of guys contributing and all the players coming off the field know that guys coming on the field are just as good.”
The Hoyas jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the 11th minute for a 1-0 lead.
But the Bulls would equalize with just two minutes remaining the first half. Kevon Neaves fired a shot that the GU goalie deflected but failed to clear. Junior Jorge Mora was there for the rebound to tie the game. It was Mora’s first goal of the year and first as a USF Bull. It was only the second goal of the year that the Hoyas have given up in the first half at their home field. The Bulls had two shots on goal in the first half while sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Attinella made all three of his saves in the first half.
With 10 seconds remaining in the first half, Bernardo Anor fired a shot that would have put the Bulls up by one, but it was just wide of the frame.
In the second half, the Bulls came out aggressively with three shots and showed more speed both on offense and defense.
In the 66th minute, Neaves fed junior Zak Boggs, who outran a Georgetown defender, but shot it just high.
After sprinting from one side of the box to the other, preseason BIG EAST Defender of the Year Yohance Marshall made a diving defensive play in the 70th minute, which helped keep the game tied.
The Bulls would score the game-winner In the 76th minute. Junior Armante Marshall played long cross into the box that Anor got on the end of and headed it past the Hoya goalkeeper.
“We have been working hard as a team,” said Anor. “Today, we showed we can win any game on the road.”
On Sunday, the Bulls will face the Seton Hall Pirates in the third meeting between the teams, with USF leading the all-time series 2-0-0. The last match took place on Oct. 25, 2006 at the BIG EAST Conference Tournament where the Bulls came out on top 5-1.
“Seton Hall is a very good team at home,” said Kiefer. “Their field is sports grass and the surface will be true and our team likes to play on that because we can move the ball quickly.”
Seton Hall comes into the Friday game, 4-2-0 and 0-0-0 in the BIG EAST. The Pirates are led by Samuel Petrone who has scored eight goals for Seton Hall this year.