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South Florida Bulls beat St. John's, win Big East men's soccer title

TAMPA — It turns out that dreams really do come true.

Men's soccer coach George Kiefer told his Bulls that he had a dream Saturday night about winning the Big East championship in overtime.

After 96 minutes, USF upset St. John's, the top seed in the Red Division, 1-0 Sunday.

It is the first conference championship for the soccer program since joining the Big East in 2005 and the school's third in any sport (women's tennis won in 2007, and softball won the regular-season title last season).

"It is absolutely incredible, it's the best feeling," senior Jordan Seabrook said. "I knew it would be a great, but when it actually happened, it is even better than I possibly imagined."

Freshman Sebastian Thuriere, a former Seminole High standout, picked a good time to score his second goal of the season. In overtime, Seabrook fired a shot close to the net that was blocked by goalie Neal Kitson. Thuriere gathered the deflected ball to the far side of the box and fired a right-footed shot for the score.

"I really can't even talk about it right now," Thuriere said. "It's just such an amazing feeling."

The Bulls (14-4-2) get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins Friday; an opponent will be announced at 5:30 p.m. today on ESPNews.

Thuriere was named most outstanding offensive performer and teammate Yohance Marshall most outstanding defensive performer. They were joined on the all-tournament team by Bulls junior midfielder Francisco Aristeguieta and junior forward Zak Boggs.

FLORIDA, FSU advance: The host UF women defeated UCF 2-0 and visiting FSU defeated Auburn 1-0 to reach the NCAA soccer round of 16. UF's Lindsay Thompson scored at 44:57 of the first half, saying her "emotions were freaking out" as she hurried to beat the clock. Florida (19-3-1) plays Texas A&M and anticipates a home match at 1 p.m. Sunday. Jessica Price scored for FSU (16-2-3), which plays host to Boston College (time and date TBA).

TAMPA WINS, FALLS: The host Spartans men's soccer team (17-3-1) defeated Lynn 3-2 in a Division II NCAA South Region final, advancing to the quarterfinals this weekend. In Pensacola, the defending champion Tampa women (13-7-2) lost 2-0 to West Florida and were eliminated in the second round.

VOLLEYBALL: Host USF advanced to the Big East tournament by beating Villanova 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23. The No. 8 seed Bulls (17-12, 7-7) play St. John's on Friday in the conference event in Pittsburgh.

BCS unchanged

NEW YORK — The BCS standings remained the same at the top, with Alabama and Texas Tech holding the top two spots and Florida, Texas and Oklahoma poised to move up.

Alabama leads the coaches' poll and Harris poll and has a .9787 BCS average. Texas Tech (.9698) remained second in the polls and first in the computer ratings.

In the AP poll, Miami made the Top 25 for the first time in more than two years, at No. 23. "It really doesn't matter," coach Randy Shannon said. "The only thing that matters is we've got an opponent on the road that's playing very well in Georgia Tech."

No. 3 Florida took two first-place votes away from No. 1 Alabama. FSU, South Carolina and Tulsa dropped out.

SYRACUSE FIRES COACH: Greg Robinson was fired as the Orange (2-8, 1-5 Big East) nears the end of a fourth straight dismal season under him. Robinson, who will coach the final two games, is 9-36 overall, 3-25 in the Big East. He had a year left on a contract that pays $1.1-million per season.

AUBURN: Kicker Wes Byrum and tight end Tommy Trott are doubtful for the Nov. 29 game against Alabama with knee injuries.

Information from Times wires was used in this report. For news on other sports from our instate colleges, go to tampabay.com/sports and click on More Sports.

South Florida Bulls beat St. John's, win Big East men's soccer title 11/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:51am]

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