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USF settles for draw at Villanova

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 00:10

The Bulls defense came through again on Saturday, when the USF men’s soccer team went into double overtime and ended in a 1-1 draw against Villanova on Saturday.

Things got off to a slow start for both attacks after kickoff, as neither team could manage to put up a goal in the first half despite six shots apiece.

As both teams came onto the field for the second period of play, the defensive standoff continued, but not for long. In the 66th minute, senior defender Brenton Griffiths put the Bulls ahead of Villanova 1-0.

With USF minutes away from a third straight win, the Wildcats, after attempting 15 shots in the second half alone, knotted things up on their 16th when they finally found goal in the 83rd minute of play.

After a second period that featured an aggressive Wildcats attack, the Bulls defense continued to prevail throughout overtime, only allowing four shots for Villanova after both periods of overtime. The Wildcats ended the night with 26 shots to the Bulls’ 17.

Though a late goal kept USF from earning a second win in the Big East, the Bulls remain undefeated in the conference going into this week’s road matchup against Cincinnati on Wednesday.

The next home match for the Bulls will be Oct. 6, when they take on Rutgers at 7:30 p.m.

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