For the USF men’s soccer team, there are only so many touches to go around. That’s why coach George Kiefer’s main message in practice this year has been to get as many people involved in the offense as possible.
It worked Saturday night, as the No. 12 Bulls (9-2-2, 4-2-2) scored three times from three different players and used a strong defensive effort to upend Syracuse (2-12-0, 1-7-0) 3-0 at the Syracuse Soccer Stadium.
After dropping points in consecutive matches two weeks ago, USF has scored three goals in two straight matches. The Bulls got goals from Zak Boggs, Sebastien Thuriere and Hasani Sinclair.
“All three goals were great,” Kiefer said. “We have been working hard in training on getting guys like Sinclair more chances to score, and he came through (Saturday). I was also very happy to see a player like (freshman) Kevin Olali come off
the bench and do a great job for us. He is a very dangerous player.”
Playing in freezing temperatures, both teams had chances early. Boggs opened the scoring in the 29th minute with his third goal of the season. After a foul by Orange goalkeeper Ryan Jones, Boggs took a free kick and bended it into the back of the net.
USF held Syracuse throughout the match and took
a two-goal advantage in the 75th minute, when Thuriere scored his secon goal in consecutive
matches. Defender Javed Mohammed fed him a pass, and he blasted a shot from 10 yards away into the top of the net.
“We play great as a team when we keep the ball and pass it around well,” Mohammed said.
Sinclair also scored for the second straight match with Mohammed grabbing another assist. His two assists Saturday night bring his team-high total to seven.
Goalkeeper Jeff Attinella recorded his fifth shutout of the season, though he wasn’t tested much with the Orange only mustering two shots.
“Our guys had the right energy from the start and played a complete game for 90 minutes,” Kiefer said. “We played well considering the (freezing) conditions.”