Soccer rallies for 2-1 win, spot in finals
TAMPA -- Trailing midway through the second half to a Notre Dame team that beat them 5-0 in September, USF rallied with two goals from Francisco Aristeguieta for a 2-1 win against Notre Dame to advance to Sunday's Big East championship game.
Aristeguieta, a sophomore midfielder from Venezuela who hadn't scored before Friday's game, tied the game in the 69th minute, then put the go-ahead goal in from 25 yards out with 8:27 to play.
"I always take care more of the defensive part, but today, I got a shot of luck," he said. "They're really good, but we worked really hard. It was a team effort and we're really happy. ... It feels amazing."
The game drew a crowd of 1,658 to USF Soccer Stadium. The Bulls (13-4-2) gave up a goal in the 18th minute but shut Notre Dame out the rest of the way -- goalkeeper Jeff Attinella only had to make one save the entire game.
"It's a big win for us. To be down 1-0 to one of the better teams in the country and come back and to win the game in regulation says a lot about us," coach George Kiefer said.
The Bulls face St. John's (17-1-3) at noon on Sunday -- USF lost 1-0 in Queens in their only meeting this season on Oct. 18.
Volleyball also picked up a key five-game win against Seton Hall tonight, making it a clean sweep for USF athletics. The Bulls still need to beat Villanova to earn a spot in next week's Big East volleyball tournament at Pittsburgh.