USF's NCAA soccer run ends in OT in Omaha
USF men's soccer took No. 2 Creighton to overtime on Sunday, but the Bulls' NCAA run ended when the Bluejays scored in the seventh minute of the extra period in Omaha.
USF (13-4-4) had beaten Central Florida in double overtime and New Mexico in penalty kicks during a run to the NCAA Elite Eight, but the Bulls couldn't go any farther on a cold afternoon that saw temperatures in the 20s, one day after heavy snow had postponed the game. Ethan Finlay scored the winning goal -- his 14th of the season -- off a deflection of another shot that went off a Bulls defender.
Lots of links to coverage on the Bulls' game in Omaha -- here's what Soccer America wrote, and the writeup from Creighton notes that Jays keeper Brian Holt set an NCAA record with his 43rd career shutout. This story from WOWT-TV has video of the winning goal. Creighton's official site also has a photo gallery with 24 pics from the game. USF's site has video interviews with coach, George Kiefer, keeper Chris Blais and top scorer Dom Dwyer and points out that the Bulls had two goals wiped out by offsides calls.
Dwyer, who scored 16 goals this season and was Big East Offensive Player of the Year, is a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, the highest honor in college soccer.