Men's soccer: Bulls collect conference honors
Two days before beginning play in the American Athletic Conference tournament as the host school and No. 1 seed, the USF men's soccer team has been showered with a series of league awards.
Bulls senior Spasoje Stefanovic and sophomore Prosper Figbe were named the AAC's goalkeeper and defensive player of the year, respectively. Addtionally, Coach George Kiefer's staff was named staff of the year, while five total Bulls made the all-conference squad.
USF (9-6-2, 6-1-0 AAC) faces fourth-seeded UCF on Friday at 7 p.m. at Corbett Stadium in the opening round of the four-team league tourney. The title match is Sunday at noon (airing via tape delay at 4 p.m. on ESPNU).
Stefanovic ended the regular season with a scoreless streak of 393 minutes dating to Oct. 11. Sidelined a few matches due to injury, he still posted eight shutouts, five of them in conference play. In six AAC matches, he allowed two goals.
Figbe, the first underclassman in AAC history to win the defensive honor, anchored a back line that held league foes to three total goals and only 4.4 shots on goal per match. A starter in every match, Figbe also tallied two assists.
Kiefer's staff, winner of two conference titles in four years, led USF to its best league record since the AAC's formation in 2013.
Seniors Nazeem Bartman (team-best four goals) and Lindo Mfeka (three goals, five assists) joined Stefanovic and Figbe on the all-conference first team. Senior Melvin Beckett (three goals, three assists) made the second team.