USF soccer: Both Bulls teams tourney-bound
The American Athletic Conference has removed some rungs from its men's and women's soccer tournaments, reducing them to four- and six-team events, respectively.
But both USF squads still figure into this new, narrow bracketology.
The men (8-6-2, 5-1-0 AAC) clinched the league's regular season title in Saturday's double-overtime 1-0 triumph at SMU, and host the AAC tourney starting Nov. 11.
Senior D Liam McNally scored his first goal of the season, on a loose ball following a corner kick in the 103rd minute, to clinch Saturday's triumph. The Bulls have won three in a row, all by 1-0 margins. They host Temple in Saturday night's regular season finale before hosting the league tourney.
Not to be outdone on the dramatic scale, the Bulls women (12-3-2, 4-3-2) slipped past Tulsa 3-2 on Sunday in a de facto conference elimination match. The Bulls, in seventh place in conference play with 11 points, got two goals from freshman dynamo Evelyne Viens to earn the win and the accompanying three points.
Viens now has 16 goals, tying the program's 18-year-old season mark held by Kristine Edner. USF is the fourth seed entering Wednesday night's conference tourney opener against Cincinnati in Storrs, Conn. The match can be seen on the American Digital Network at www.theamerican.org/watch.