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While football founders, USF soccer teams sparkle

The Bulls men earned the biggest victory of the Bob Butehorn era Monday night.
USF senior Evelyne Viens (14) already is the program's career goals leader. [TRAVIS PENDERGRASS | USF Athletics]
Published Sep. 10

TAMPA ―Ten days into September, USF is making a national splash and periodically scoring at will in football.

Okay, to get technical, a lot of the world spells it futbol.

While their peers in pads and helmets struggle to find their footing (or even the end zone), the Bulls men’s and women’s soccer teams have sent their own respective ripples across the collegiate landscape.

The latest was produced by the men (2-1), who notched the biggest win of third-year coach Bob Butehorn’s tenure Monday night with a 2-1 upset of No. 5 Louisville at Corbett Stadium.

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The victory came 11 days after the Bulls held top-ranked Maryland scoreless for nearly 70 minutes before falling 1-0 in College Park.

“It was definitely an exciting result for us, and I think a little bit surprising for them," said Butehorn, whose club limited Louisville to a season-low eight shots.

“But it wasn’t surprising for us which was good. I felt pretty good about the game going in. I thought we matched up well, and I was just hoping that the guys could execute the game plan and it turned out that they did a really good job.”

On the women’s side, senior forward Evelyne Viens continues asserting herself as the program’s greatest offensive player.

The 5-foot-8 Canada native scored four goals ― the second four-goal match of her career ― in Friday’s 5-1 rout of Rice. The effort represented Viens’ third career hat trick, tying the program record shared by two others.

She added another goal (and assist) in Sunday’s 5-0 triumph against Texas-San Antonio. Already USF’s career goals leader, Viens has six in four matches for the No. 15 Bulls (4-1) this season, giving her 54 for her career.


  1. USF senior tight end Mitch Wilcox has 97 career receptions and 11 touchdown catches. MIKE CARLSON  |  AP
    The Tarpon Springs High alumnus is a prominent 2020 NFL draft prospect.
  2. USF placekicker Spencer Shrader (32) watches his missed field goal against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The Bulls have expressed support for the Newsome High alumnus since his four missed field goals Saturday.
  3. USF Bulls guard Elisa Pinzan (4) drive to the basket past Jacksonville Dolphins guard Mariah Batz (13) during the first half at the Yuengling Center in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The contest in Waco highlights yet another daunting non-conference Bulls schedule.
  4. Cincinnati running back Michael Warren II (3) barrels through USF's defense for a first down during the fourth quarter of the Bearcats' 20-17 win Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls and Bearcats will continue meeting on a home-and-home basis through at least 2021. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    For now, USF retains home-and-home matchups with four East Division foes
  5. USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) leaps to avoid UCF defensive back Mike Hughes (19) and during the second half of the Knights' 49-42 triumph in Orlando in 2017. This year's game, also at Orlando's Spectrum Stadium, kicks off at 8 p.m. on Nov. 29. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
    The game hasn’t kicked off in the evening since 2015
  6. USF Bulls place kicker Spencer Shrader (32) misses the field goal to take the lead over the Cincinnati Bearcats during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The Bulls miss four field goals of their own in a 20-17 loss.
  7. USF running back Jordan Cronkrite, center, is tackled by Cincinnati linebacker Joel Dublanko during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday night. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    Journal: The University of Florida transfer now is among USF’s top 10 rushers of all time.
  8. Connecticut's Evina Westbrook, left, sits with her new teammates, unable to play as a transfer student because the NCAA denied her immediate eligibility. STEPHEN DUNN  |  AP
    Geno Auriemma hints that Evina Westbrook’s situation with the Vols was unhealthy.
  9. USF senior Evelyne Viens, seen here during a match against Florida in August, had a hat trick in Friday's rematch, a 4-2 Bulls triumph in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. [USF Athletics] TRAVIS PENDERGRASS  |  UF_TP
    The senior from Canada sets an AAC single-season goals record in the Bulls’ 4-2 triumph
  10. USF players celebrate with students after their 27-23 victory against BYU at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 12. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    Students now can earn points for each Bulls sporting event they attend.