Late goals spoil upset bid against No. 2 UConn
TAMPA -- After a two-hour rain delay, in front of the largest regular-season home crowd in USF history, the No. 10 Bulls saw a second-half lead on No. 2 Connecticut disappear as the Huskies scored twice in six minutes to escape with a 2-1 win.
"The frustrating thing is that we should have closed that game out and we let it get away," USF coach George Kiefer said. "The players know it, the team knows it. But if we can approach every game like we approached this game, I think we'll be on the end of a lot of positive results."
Connecticut (7-0) hadn't allowed a goal in more than five matches, but USF junior Jordan Seabrook put the Bulls ahead with a goal early in the second half. The Bulls had eight shots on goal to Connecticut's five, but the Huskies struck twice in a span of six minutes, beating USF goalkeeper Diego Restrepo. O'Brian White, the Big East scoring leader, got his seventh goal to tie the game, and Chukwudi Chijindu put the Huskies ahead with 19:02 to play.
Despite heavy rains that delayed the start by more than two hours, the USF Soccer Stadium crowd of 2,431 broke the regular-season record set last year, when 2,106 watched USF play Stetson. USF next plays at 1 p.m. Sunday against Providence.
"The crowd was great," Kiefer said. "I'm frustrated we didn't get a win for them, but it's a start for what this place can really accomplish, in crowd size and excitement. They waited two hours, and not many fans would do that."