Men's soccer: Bulls by the numbers
Whatever they call college soccer's version of March Madness (November nirvana, perhaps?), the Bulls will experience it for the seventh season in row.
With its penalty-kick triumph against Connecticut in Sunday's American Athletic Conference tournament final, the Bulls (8-3-9) clinched a berth in the 48-team field. USF opens play Thursday evening at North Carolina.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Bulls entering their national title quest:
1 Total goals the Bulls have surrendered in their last five matches
3 Bulls who made the all-AAC team: defender Ben Sweat (first team) and midfielders Lindo Mfeka and Samuel Hosseini (second team)
9 Rounds of penalty kicks needed for USF to edge UConn, 6-5, after scoreless regulation and OT periods in Sunday's AAC tournament final
10 Saves (in regulation and OT) by Bulls GK Brentton Muhammad against UConn. Muhammad had three consecutive saves in the penalty-kick period
12 Division I NCAA Tournament appearances made by USF's George Kiefer, either as a coach or assistant
18 NCAA Tournament appearances USF has made in the program's 39-year history
2,520 Distance (in miles) from Chapel Hill, N.C. to UC-Irvine, where the Bulls would play in a Sunday second-round matchup