TAMPA – Kennedy Selorm Adablah and the Bulls stood toe-to-toe with No. 22 UConn and didn’t flinch Friday night in the teams’ American Athletic Conference opener.
Selorm Adablah produced the equalizer in the 21st minute and USF hung tough the rest of the way in a 1-1 double-overtime tie with the Huskies before a crowd of 1,862 at Corbett Stadium.
“What I’m starting to see is we’re getting better each game,” head coach George Kiefer said. “UConn is one of the better teams in the country and has a lot of weapons, so you have to stay queued in constantly. I was pleased with walking away with a tie.”
UConn (3-2-2) took control early with a go-ahead goal from George Fochive in the third minute of play, but the Bulls responded thanks to an aggressive attack from their leading scorer. Selorm Adablah got a rebound off Andre Blake’s save in the box and beat the UConn keeper for his third goal of the season 18 minutes after the Huskies pulled ahead.
“Coach kept telling me, ‘Keep running to the ball. Even if you lose it, just follow it up,’ and that was just exactly what I did. I got the chance and I took it,” Selorm Adablah said.
USF (2-1-4) also got a clutch performance from goalkeeper Brentton Muhammad, who collected three saves and rejected UConn’s shot at a win in regulation when he made a diving stop with less than a minute remaining.
“I actually thought that was in, but he saved the day,” Selorm Adablah said.
The Bulls are back at Corbett Stadium on Tuesday for a test against California State Bakersfield at 7:30 p.m.