Bulls fall behind 2-0, use late rally to slice Orange
The USF men's soccer team has shown it can win in any possible way. This year, the Bulls have won by dominating their opponent from start to finish and by matching a team blow for blow in a back-and-forth victory. Now, they have a gritty comeback from what looked to be a blowout loss on their resume.
On the road Saturday night in New York, the Syracuse Orange (2-9-1, 0-4-1) wanted to halt the Bulls' hot streak, with USF (9-2-2, 4-0-1) having gone six games without a loss. For the first 77 minutes, it looked as if Syracuse would pull off the upset and win easily, thanks in large part to the contributions of junior forward Louis Clark.
Clark struck in the 17th minute, when an Orange corner kick from senior Nick Roydhouse found Clark's feet, allowing him to finish for an early 1-0 lead over the No. 11 Bulls. USF's hole grew deeper nine minutes later, when Clark took a lead pass from junior Ted Cribley and scored to double the lead, which held until halftime.
After intermission, the Bulls turned up the pressure both offensively and defensively, but were still unable to break through the Syracuse defense. USF finally got their big break in the 78th minute, when junior Dom Dwyer was taken down in the box, drawing a penalty kick opportunity.
Dwyer stepped up to take the penalty himself, finishing for his 12th goal of the season, which leads the Big East. Trailing by one, the Bulls intensified their efforts even further, and were rewarded after a Syracuse gaffe in the 88th minute.
When Orange freshman Skylar Thomas whiffed on a clear opportunity to score, USF freshman midfielder Roberto Alterio broke away and finished with a low shot past Syracuse goalkeeper Phil Boerger for the dramatic equalizer, sending the match to overtime.
Momentum stuck on the Bulls' side for the rest of the match until Dwyer finished the game by heading in his 13th goal of the season off a corner kick five minutes into the first overtime period, giving the Bulls an unlikely 3-2 comeback victory.
This is the second consecutive week in which Dom Dwyer has scored three goals in two games, with one goal in the 2-0 victory over DePaul on Wednesday and two in the victory over Syracuse. Dwyer was coming off of a week in which he was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week.
The Bulls' next game is Tuesday on the road against the Louisville Cardinals - a 7 p.m. game that will be televised live on ESPNU.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More usforacle News Articles
Recent usforacle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR USFORACLE NEWS
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST USFORACLE NEWS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- When It Comes to Winter Roof Checkups, the Attic Is Your...
- Is It Time to Sell Your Structured Settlement for Cash?
- Pest Proof Now to Protect Homes for Winter
- 3 Fishermen Rescued at Sea Thanks to GPS Device
- Mes de la Hispanidad inspira liderazgo, empoderamiento,...
- Majority of Moms and Moms-to-Be Believe in Public...
- Wineries Speak Up About the Benefits of Using Natural Cork
- Taking a Holistic Approach to Fit Living
- Wondering if it's Time to Buy a New Car? Just Check Your...
- Smartphone to Become Wallet -- Are Customers, Businesses...
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Over 2,000 Groups Prepare to “Hit the Streets” with Volunteers and Celebrities for National Voter Registration Day on September 23, 2014
- Peace Corps Director Calls on College Students to Make a Difference After Graduation Through International Service
- USA NETWORK AND VERIZON LAUNCH THE “CHARACTERS UNITE COLLEGE TOUR” COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS TO BRING A USA NETWORK CELEBRITY AND A WORTHY CAUSE TO THEIR CAMPUS
- WHEN GEORGIA SMILED: THE ROBIN MCGRAW REVELATION FOUNDATION TEAMS WITH PIVOT AND STUDENTS OF THE WORLD TO LAUNCH THE #iASPIRE GRANT CONTEST
- Latino Groups Launch National Campaign to Deliver Record Latino Turnout for 2014 Midterm Elections