Bulls Run Ends In Elite Eight
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 8 seed-University of South Florida men’s soccer team (15-5-3) fell, 5-0, to the No. 1 seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons (21-1-1) in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night in North Carolina.
“Wake Forest is a very good team,” said USF head coach George Kiefer. “I give them credit. I’ve been around a lot of good college soccer teams, and they are one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. I was very happy with our team and the way that they fought until the final second.”
The Bulls Elite Eight runs is the longest in program history, tying the1997 team that also reached the national semifinals.
USF gave up four goals in the first half and one more in the second period to give Wake Forest the 5-0 victory.
In the game, USF had nine total shots and four on goal, while sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Attinella had three saves.
The Bulls finished the season as the 2008 BIG EAST Champions, including a perfect 8-0-2 record at home. During the NCAA tournament, the Bulls beat Harvard, 2-1, in the second round, and then defeated UNC Greensboro, 3-1 in PK’s, in the Sweet Sixteen.
Five seniors completed their USF careers. Yohance Marshall piled up numerous awards this year, including a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalist, BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Defensive Player, and numerous TopDrawerSoccer.com and College Soccer News Player of the Week honors. Kevon Neaves was a BIG EAST First Team member as well as being on the Hermann Trophy Watch List. Jason Devenish, Joris Claessens and Gonzalo Ramella also have had memorable careers and have contributed much to USF.
Kiefer is now 79-43-16 overall at USF with back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.