TAMPA - The University of South Florida men's soccer team improved its record to 4-0 tonight with an impressive 1-0 road win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. It is the third time in the past five years that USF has started perfect through four games.
"I though this was a very good win for the guys against an ACC team, on the road, with a pretty good crowd supporting them home team," said USF head coach George Kiefer. "I though the guys did a really good job coming out and winning this game."
Like has been the case in the first three games of the season the Bulls found themselves in a defensive dog fight in the first half with both teams getting off just three shots, all six of which came in the first 27 minutes of the game.
Sebastien Thuriere would get the first shot of the contest coming in the 10th minute, a shot that was also USF's only one on goal of the first stanza.
The Bulls would then attempt to get more aggressive on the offensive end. Zak Boggs would attempt a header, off a crossing pass, that would go off the crossbar in the 23rd minute, and then Francisco Aristeguieta would get one off that went wide left just under two minutes later, but neither team could connect on a goal in the first 45 minutes.
USF, however, came out of the locker room looking to strike first. On it's forth shot of the game, just 18 seconds into the second half, Shawn Chin fired off a hard 25-yard shot that would end up in the lower left corner of the goal. The goal was Chin's first of the season - with the assist going to Ogi Perucica - and his first as a Bull after transferring from Boston College, giving USF a 1-0 lead.
Ultimately that would be the only goal that USF would need, however the Bulls would not let up as time went by in the second half.
Bernardo Anor would have a big opportunity in alone with Virginia Tech goalkeeper Brendan Dunn, however Dunn would come out, forcing Anor to shoot just wide in the 58th minute.
After Andre Mittoo took a shot that went high in the 81st minute, Anor had another opportunity beating two defenders, and having an open net, however could not connect on the goal.
"I thought we created a number of good chances tonight," said Kiefer. "I felt like they were throwing a lot of numbers at us after we got the goal, and that created some breakaways because we were so opened up. I do, however, think that we could have done a little better job finishing and taking some pressure off of us. But to get this win on the road, and be 2-0 on the road this season so far bodes well for us."
Despite the fact that each team would each get four shots in the second half, the Bulls showed just how good their defense was defending 19 Virginia Tech corner kicks - to USF's four - without allowing a goal on the night.
USF goalkeeper Jeff Attinella would need just two saves to record his third straight shutout of the year, while Hokie keeper Brendan Dunn recorded one save.
USF will now have a week off before returning home for its first BIG EAST weekend of the year when they will face Marquette on Sept. 18 (7:30 p.m.) and Notre Dame on Sept. 20 (1 p.m.).
Season tickets for USF men's soccer games are $40 for adults and $20 for youths and senior citizens. Adult individual match tickets are $6, while youth and senior citizen admission is $3. All groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $2.50 per ticket. All USF students will be admitted at no cost when they display their student ID.