Attinella keys soccer win in penalty kicks
USF got a tying goal from Jordan Seabrook with seven minutes left in regulation, then beat UNC-Greensboro 3-1 in penalty kicks, getting three saves from keeper Jeff Attinella to advance to the NCAA's Elite Eight.
The win matches USF's deepest NCAA Tournament run ever and allows the Bulls to finish their season unbeaten at home. Attinella stopped UNC-G's first two penalty kicks, and a crowd of 1,823 erupted when he punched the clinching shot away.
"I said it to the team going into overtime, that if we go to PKs, Jeff will win the game for us," coach George Kiefer said. "He's got a knack for reading them, so we feel good when we go to them with him in goal. It takes pressure off our shooters as well, because you know Jeff's going to make a save or two. But three? That's unheard of."
UNC-Greensboro (10-11-3) had won five straight to win the Southern Conference crown and two NCAA Tournament games. The Bulls (15-4-3) now play next weekend against the winner of Sunday's game between Dartmouth and top-seeded Wake Forest.