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USF men's soccer falls 1-0 to Creighton at NCAA tourney, falls shy of Final Four again

Last week, the USF men's soccer program reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time.

On Sunday, they were denied a spot in the Final Four for the fourth time.

The Bulls, the No. 7 seed, lost to host and No. 2 seed Creighton 1-0 in overtime in the quarterfinals.

Ethan Finley scored in the 96th minute after USF (13-4-4) had two goals canceled by offside calls.

The game was delayed a day because heavy snow in Omaha, Neb., made the field unplayable.

USF coach George Kiefer told gousfbulls.com that the weather did not have a negative affect on his team. "Right before kickoff you can be drained on that, but I felt the leadership of the group was very good and the approach was good," he said.

Chris Blais had three saves for the Bulls, one of three Big East teams to lose in the Elite Eight.

Creighton (21-2), which outshot USF 20-6, faces Charlotte in the College Cup semifinals, Friday in Hoover, Ala. Top seed North Carolina and UCLA meet in the other semifinal.

Stanford takes title

KENNESAW, Ga. — Teresa Noyola scored from point-blank range and top-ranked Stanford beat No. 3 Duke 1-0 for its first women's title.

Seniors Noyola, Camille Levin, Kristy Zurmuhlen and Lindsay Taylor finished their Stanford careers 95-4-4. Their last three losses came in the College Cup, including the previous two finals.

Noyola scored in the 53rd minute after Levin won a ball about 8 yards right of the goal. She crossed it to the far post, where Noyola headed it into the net.

"It's already incredible that we're here after those heartbreaks," Noyola said.

USF men's soccer falls 1-0 to Creighton at NCAA tourney, falls shy of Final Four again 12/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 8:21am]
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