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USF Men’s Soccer Dominates Jacksonville University 4-1

SB Nation logo SB Nation 10/16/2019 Robert Steeg
a person holding a football ball © Courtesy of USF Athletics

In a strange series of events, the USF Men’s Soccer team won it’s second game in as many days to bring their overall record to 8-3 on the season.

The Bulls won a non-conference game against Jacksonville University by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday evening.

However on the day prior, the Bulls completed the last 21 minutes and 36 seconds of their match against Tulsa on Monday, in a game that does not count in the NCAA Statistics, but does count in conference play and any postseason awards in the AAC.

The game against Tulsa was abandoned in the 68th minute on October 5th as there was lightning in the Tulsa area with USF up 2-1 on the Golden Hurricanes. Tulsa was playing in Orlando against UCF on Saturday October 12th, so it was decided to finish out the contest in Tampa rather than in Oklahoma where the game was originally played.

USF got their first goal of the match in the 13th minute, when senior Jonathan Rosales scored to put the Bulls ahead after being assisted by junior Avionne Flanagan and freshman Victor Claudel. The Green and Gold were held off the score sheet for the rest of the first half, despite holding an 11-2 shot advantage over the Dolphins to bring the halftime score to 1-0.

In the second half, USF found the back of the net multiple times, with Flanagan breaking through first with an unassisted goal just moments into the second half, scoring in the 49th minute. The Bulls got another score five minutes later, this time by sophomore Henrique Gallina in the 54th minute, assisted by junior Josue Monge.

USF’s defense did a fantastic job limiting the shot attempts by JU the entire game, holding the Dolphins to just 5 shot attempts the entire night. The visiting Dolphins did get a goal in the 81st minute, with a goal scored by Reggie Nicolas, but it was quickly answered by another USF goal by freshman Ignasi Lupon Fores to bring the final scoreline to 4-1.

Freshmen Cooper Blay got the start for USF in goal tonight in place of senior Harrison Devenish-Meares. However, the Bull’s defense allowed only two shots on goal the entire evening, with Blay registering one save and one goal allowed.

USF will take a road trip to the City of Brotherly Love on Friday to take on Temple to resume conference play.

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