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No. 24 Cincinnati forges ahead in Big East football standings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tony Pike threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns and No. 22 Cincinnati remained in the hunt for the Big East title with a 28-20 win over Louisville on Friday.

The victory gives the Bearcats (8-2, 4-1) a half-game lead over idle West Virginia and No. 21 Pittsburgh in the conference title race. Cincinnati beat the Mountaineers last week and host the Panthers on Nov. 22.

Dominick Goodman caught nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown for Cincinnati.

Pike, who took over the starting job earlier this year when senior Dustin Grutza broke his leg, completed 19-of-33 before getting knocked out in the fourth quarter.

Enter Grutza. He quickly led the Bearcats on a five-play, 72-yard touchdown drive that gave them a 28-20 lead.

USF reaches Big East men's soccer final

TAMPA — Trailing midway through the second half to a Notre Dame men's team that beat USF 5-0 in September, the Bulls rallied with two goals from Francisco Aristeguieta for a 2-1 win Friday and advanced to Sunday's Big East title match.

Aristeguieta, who hadn't scored before Friday, tied the score in the 69th minute, then put in the go-ahead goal from 25 yards out with 8:27 left.

The Bulls (13-4-2) face St. John's (17-1-3) at noon Sunday. USF lost 1-0 to St. John's on Oct. 18, their only meeting this season.

Women's soccer

UF wins opener: Goals from Megan Kerns and Ameera Abdullah rallied the host Gators to a 2-1 victory over California in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. UF, the No. 2 region seed (18-3-1), faces UCF, a 3-1 winner over Miami, on Sunday.

FSU rolls: Florida State (15-2-3) got goals from six players and set a school mark for goals in a postseason match in opening the NCAA Tournament with a 7-0 rout of Mississippi Valley State in Auburn, Ala. FSU faces Auburn on Sunday. Auburn beat Belmont 2-0.

Tampa ousts Saint Leo: The Spartans' Samantha Kay headed in a corner kick in the 108th minute to beat Saint Leo 3-2 in the opening round of the Division II NCAA Tournament in Pensacola. Tampa (13-6-2) advances to face top-seeded West Florida on Sunday.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report. For news on other sports from instate colleges, go to tampabay.com/sports and click More Sports.

No. 24 Cincinnati forges ahead in Big East football standings 11/14/08 [Last modified: Saturday, November 15, 2008 12:29am]

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