USF men's soccer earns 1-1 tie at Michigan
(Small world. I drive down from my hotel to Ann Arbor to get dinner, and in checking in on Twitter, I realize I'm somehow a half-mile from USF's soccer team, which played at Michigan on Friday night. What are the odds -- I'm 1,160 miles from campus, and that close to the soccer team. So of course, I had to duck over ...)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- USF's men's soccer team played a man down for the final 83 minutes, holding off Michigan through two overtime periods for a 1-1 tie before an announced crowd of 1,846 at UM Soccer Stadium.
The Bulls (1-0-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Stiven Salinas' goal in the 27th minute, but 30 seconds later, Ricardo Webb drew his second yellow card, resulting in his ejection and putting the Bulls a man down the rest of the way. USF gave up the tying goal in the 62nd minute, but the tie held, thanks to solid play from goalkeeper Brentton Muhammad, who had six saves in his 110 minutes.
"I thought the guys did an excellent job -- a lot of times with a college team, you start to blame the ref or lose your focus when you're dealing with adversity," Kiefer said. "Michigan had a great crowd, great atmosphere, but I told my guys I thought it was one of the best performances from a discipline standpoint I've seen South Florida put together in a long time. This game on the road is going to help us a long way this season."
USF had shots to win the game -- Samu Hosseini drilled a long shot that Michigan's keeper had to leap to punch over the top of the goal with two minutes left in the final overtime, and the Bulls matched the Wolverines with three shots in the overtimes. In all, nine yellow cards were issued, including five against USF.