Senior Jordan Seabrook refused to end his USF regular season career with a loss, especially on senior night.
The Bulls’ standout forward scored in the 67th minute, giving USF a 1-0 win against Rutgers and momentum as they head into the Big East tournament.
“It was nice to get the goal on senior night, but the main thing was to get a win after the team’s been reeling a little bit from the Cincinnati game,” Seabrook said. “To come back and play the way we did was great for us.”
USF coach George Kiefer said he liked the way the team adjusted to Rutgers’ attack.
“We like to move the ball, we like to be quick,” Kiefer said. “They’re very direct. It’s not about how clean the game looks, but winning the fight. We did a good job of doing that. If teams want to play, we can go after them. If a team wants to play a bit more ugly, we can win that game as well. That’s the best part about this team: They’re very mature.”
The Bulls knew they were in for a battle on Saturday.
“Rutgers is a good team that was fighting for their lives,” Kiefer said. “It showed. It was a very physical game. It was a good win against a good team who was fighting to stay alive.”
Rutgers blew an opportunity in the 48th minute when Dilly Duka’s penalty kick was stopped by USF goalie Jeff Attinella, who recorded his 11th shutout of the year, setting a Bulls record.
Attinella credits the defense for helping keep the Bulls’ opponents at bay.
“The defense has come to play every single game this year,” he said. “They’ve been outstanding night in and night out.”
Kiefer said he’s looking forward to training with the team this week as they prepare for the tournament.
“It’s nice to have a week off,” he said. “To be able to train and get better is a whole lot easier after a win. There should be a lot more energy this week. It should be an exciting week of practice.”
The Big East tournament will be held at the USF soccer stadium, where the Bulls are 6-0-1 this year.