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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]
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.


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  2. President Donald Trump flips the coin before the start of the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. [JACQUELYN MARTIN  |  AP]
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  3. Former USF coach Charlie Strong was dismissed Dec. 1 following a 4-8 season. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
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  4. New USF football coach Jeff Scott will remain in town through the middle of next week before re-joining Clemson's staff. He'll then remain with the Tigers through their College Football Playoff run. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
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  8. (From left) USF Bulls mascot 'Rocky the Bull", new USF football coach Jeff Scott, his wife Sara and their 4-year-old daughter Savannah pose for photos after his announcement at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center on Wednesday [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
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  9. LSU players celebrate after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Atlanta. LSU won 37-10. [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]
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  10. Jeff Scott is introduced as the new USF football coach at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center in Tampa on Wednesday, [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
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