Men's soccer eager for 4th straight NCAA trip
TAMPA -- His team didn't have the overall record of other teams on the NCAA bubble, but USF men's soccer coach George Kiefer still had confidence that the Bulls would find their way into the postseason yet again.
"I'm especially happy for the seniors, to make it four years in a row," Kiefer said Monday after the Bulls (9-5-4) earned an at-large berth. "That's not something that's accomplished easily. I'm very pleased they get a chance to play another game."
The Bulls, who will travel to Orlando to face Central Florida (11-4-3) on Thursday at 5 p.m., made the NCAA cut despite winning just one of their last five matches. When they line up with the Knights, it will be their first game in 15 days, though Kiefer said the rest will benefit his team.
Kiefer says his Bulls are in the NCAA Tournament because of the strength of the Big East and the quality of teams USF has faced all season.
"When you look at how good the Big East was, six teams in the top 25 RPI, 10 in the top 50, so I felt pretty good that we had a shot to get looked at," Kiefer said.
The Bulls and Knights didn't play this season, but USF won 2-1 in Tampa early last season. The winner advances to play at tenth-seeded Michigan on Sunday.