Soccer's NCAA run ends with OT loss to Tulsa
TAMPA -- USF men's soccer saw its NCAA Tournament run end at Corbett Stadium when Tulsa's Omar Mata scored on a free kick from just outside the penalty box with 1:15 left in the first overtime, advancing to the NCAA's Sweet 16.
USF (8-6-5) had its second home game in four days, hosting the seeded Golden Hurricanes because Tulsa mistakenly did not submit a bid to host, and the Bulls drew an announced crowd of 2,663. USF's Wesley Charpie had a first-half shot bounce off the post, and Sebastien Thuriere had a one-on-one late in the second half but had his point-blank shot blocked.
Bulls keeper Dallas Jaye, who didn't give up a goal in 110 minutes in Thursday's penalty-kick win against Florida Gulf Coast, had three saves before allowing the winning goal in the 99th minute.
"The senior class has been to four straight NCAAs, the Elite 8 twice, won a Big East championship," Bulls coach George Kiefer said. "They've set a high standard, where the next group of seniors that can do better than that will have a Final Four under their belt. That's the missing piece we're trying to do."
USF, ranked as high as No. 2 nationally early in the season, suffered through a rash of injuries, especially in the final month of the season, when the Bulls won just one of their final seven Big East matches and missed the conference tournament. Tulsa, which reached the NCAA Elite 8 in 2009, advances to play Saturday at the winner of Sunday's UCLA-San Diego match.