The USF men’s soccer team got its season off on the right foot Wednesday, beating Jacksonville in its season opener 3-2 at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Bulls freshman Simon Schoendorf netted two goals, one off a penalty kick.
Early in the first half, senior midfielder Kevin King was taken down from behind, and awarded a penalty kick. Schoendorf lined up for the kick and netted the first goal of his collegiate career only eight minutes into the game.
“For his first college game, he did good,” USF coach George Kiefer said.
After twenty-two minutes, Schoendorf scored his second goal of the night in an unassisted one-on-one against the Dolphins’ goalie, Greg Williams. King’s goal came in the 62nd minute, giving the Bulls a 3-0 lead.
The Dolphins kept things interesting when Brian Blackburn scored in the 66th minute off a direct kick. In the 88th minute, Tommy Krizahoeic pulled the score to within one.
The Bulls out shot Jacksonville 12-5 as the team beat the Dolphins for the 32nd time in 42 meetings.
“We did good, besides almost losing the 3-0 lead,” Kiefer said, “But we gave ourselves a lot of chances. And to get a win this early in the season is great. It was also good to see the guys start to gel on the attacking side. However, we need to do a better job of putting away our chances and closing out a 3-0 game.”