USF soccer beats UCF 2-1 in OT in NCAAs
TAMPA -- USF freshman Wes Charpie made a name for himself this season by leading the Bulls in assists, but he showed he can score himself Sunday night, putting in a diving header six minutes into overtime to give USF a 2-1 victory over Central Florida and advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I can't even explain it -- after I scored that goal, I just blacked out. I think I threw my shirt off, got piled by my teammates. I don't remember anything. It was the best feeling I've ever had," said Charpie, a Tarpon Springs grad who heard the cheers of acrowd of 3,029 fans at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
USF (13-3-3) battled through a frustrating 90 minutes of regulation -- the Bulls took the lead on an own goal in the 70th minute, only to see UCF (12-6-3) answer with the tying goal two minutes later. Leston Paul earned a penalty kick with six minutes remaining but it went off the right post, and keeper Chris Blais needed several late saves to force overtime.
In the extra period, senior Sebastien Thuriere, given space out wide, sent a cross that Charpie headed in for his third goal of the season. The Bulls were also to avenge last year's game with UCF, which saw the Knights eliminate the Bulls with a 3-0 NCAA first-round win in Orlando.
The Bulls will be home again next Sunday, facing the winner of tonight's New Mexico-Duke game. USF announced that again, thanks to the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, the game will be free to the public, with 400 reserved seats going on sale Monday morning.