Men's soccer: Seniors exit Corbett in style
TAMPA – Stiven Salinas’ first-half goal was all the USF men’s soccer team needed to defeat Detroit Mercy 1-0 Tuesday night.
The match, before an announced Corbett Stadium crowd of 863, was the home finale for eight USF seniors, each of whom was honored before the game in an on-field ceremony.
"They've been a special group," Coach George Keifer said. "I got a little choked up. I normally don't because we've spent a lot of time together and I think they're doing an excellent job leading the team this year.
"That's the tough part of being a college coach. You always want a little bit longer with your seniors. They're not just good players, but excellent students too."
USF (6-3-7) peppered Detroit goalkeeper Natha Steinwascher throughout the game, finishing with 20 shots. But Salinas’ tally was the lone attempt to find the back of the net.
It came in the 17th minute, when Salinas managed to skip past a defender before blasting a shot into the top right corner of the net from 18 yards.
"It's hard to describe only one thing, because there’s so many positive things we did as a group," said Salinas, who dedicated the goal to fellow senior and team captain Ricardo Webb, who suffered an injury in a 4-1 win Saturday against SMU.
"Definitely I’ll miss our energy and the love we have for one another and how much we care for each other."
Jeff Odom, Times correspondent