USF soccer advances in Big East tourney
USF's men's soccer team, hosting an opening-round match in the Big East tournament, advanced with a 2-1 win against Marquette on Thursday night. The third-seeded Bulls (14-3-2) -- who won a Big East championship as a No. 2 seed last season -- now play at second-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon in the tournament quarterfinals.
USF got its first goal from Jorge Mora in the 12th minute, then added a goal from Sebastien Thuriere with 13 minutes left in the match, which proved crucial as Marquette added a late goal for the final margin. The two teams had tied 1-1 in Tampa in September in the Bulls' Big East opener.
The Bulls and the Fighting Irish met in September in Tampa, with USF pulling out a 2-1 win. Sunday's winner moves on to the league semifinals, which will be Nov. 13 at West Virginia. Each tournament win helps the Bulls chances at a higher seed in the NCAA Tournament, which begins Nov. 20.