Bulls Stage Late Comeback to Win Overtime Thriller
By: SEAN BAROWS
On an extremely rainy and windy night the USF men's soccer team staged a furious comeback late in the second half and came away with a 3-2 overtime victory at Syracuse on Saturday.
The Bulls (9-2-2, 4-0-1) had trouble generating much offense in the first half while having to play into heavy winds.
Junior forward Louis Clark put the Orange (2-9-1, 0-4-1) on top when the ball found its way to his feet off of a corner kick 17 minutes into the first half.
Clark added another goal ten minutes later when he beat USF senior goalkeeper Chris Blais on a breakaway down the right side giving the Orange a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Bulls came out much more aggressive in the second half with the wind at their backs and were able to produce a few early scoring chances.
USF finally got on the board with 12:06 remaining. Junior forward Dom Dwyer was taken down in the right side of the box and drew a penalty kick. Dwyer stepped up to the spot and beat Syracuse senior goalkeeper Phil Boerger to cut the lead to 2-1.
With only 1:43 remaining in the second half, Syracuse freshman defender Skylar Thomas missed the ball on a clearing attempt which sprung freshman midfielder Roberto Alterio on a breakaway.
Alterio struck a low shot past Boerger to the bottom right corner of the net to tie it 2-2 and send the game into overtime.
Just minutes into the first overtime period Dwyer struck again on a header at the far post from a Morten Benestad corner kick to give the Bulls the victory.
With the win USF extends its unbeaten streak to seven games, going 6-0-1 in that span.
Blais made six saves on the night including a couple diving stops to keep the deficit at two. And with two goals on the night Dwyer increased his season total to 13 which is tops in the Big East.
Next the Bulls will travel to face the Louisville Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in a game that will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m.