TAMPA — USF freshman Wes Charpie led the team in assists this season, but he showed he can score Sunday night, putting in a diving header six minutes into overtime for a 2-1 victory over UCF that sent the Bulls into the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I can't even explain it — after I scored that goal, I just blacked out. I think I threw my shirt off, got piled by my teammates. It was the best feeling I've ever had," said Charpie, a Tarpon Springs High grad who heard the cheers of 3,029 fans at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
USF (13-3-3) took the lead on an own goal in the 70th minute, then UCF (12-6-3) tied it two minutes later. After USF missed a penalty kick and Bulls keeper Chris Blais made several late saves to force overtime, Sebastien Thuriere, given space out wide, sent a cross that Charpie headed in for his third goal of the season.
Next Sunday the Bulls host the winner of tonight's New Mexico-Duke game. General admission will again be free to the public, with 400 reserved seats on sale this morning.
fsu, ucf women win: The Florida State women advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight for the seventh straight season with a 2-0 victory over Louisville in Memphis. The Seminoles (17-6-1) host Virginia at 2 p.m. Friday. UCF also reached the Elite Eight with a shootout win in Gainesville over North Carolina after regulation ended in a tie at 1. Bianca Joswiak hit the winner. The Knights (14-4-5) play Wake Forest on Friday in Kennesaw, Ga.
tampa women ousted: Tampa's season ended with a 2-1 loss to Armstrong Atlantic State in the Division II quarterfinals in Savannah, Ga. Tampa (16-6-2) got a goal on Brittan Spence's penalty kick.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.