USF men’s soccer coach George Kiefer would like to clear something up: The Bulls did not play through regulation and two overtime periods in a 2-2 tie against Stetson on Wednesday night. It was not the first time the Bulls came away without a win this season.
At least that’s what Kiefer is telling his team, which is preparing to face No. 17 St. Louis (3-3, 1-0 C-USA) Saturday at 7 p.m. at the USF Soccer Stadium.
“I don’t know how you were able to write a story about a game that didn’t happen,” Kiefer said. “I don’t know where you got it from. (The Oracle was) able to fabricate 110 minutes of soccer. However, I didn’t like the outcome. I don’t remember anything about Wednesday. It’s totally out of my head.”
Kiefer takes this approach with hopes of rebounding from the game and moving on to the next.
“We’re looking to prepare for St. Louis,” Kiefer said. “They are looking pretty lively (at practice), and looking forward to Saturday.”
Freshman Rodrigo Hidalgo, who remembers more about the tie than his coach, knows working hard will keep a zero in the loss column.
“I think that everything happens for a reason, and it was upsetting,” Hidalgo said. “(Stetson) did a good job.
“The reason we had this horrible game was to wake us up a little bit. We’ve been winning five games in a row, its just built us up so much, that we could beat anyone, and that was a real wake-up call.”
While the events of Wednesday night may still be gone from Kiefer’s memory, he still found a way to motivate his team at Thursday’s practice.
“Coach has helped us a lot,” Hidalgo said. “He’s put everything behind us, and we focus on St. Louis. Who did we play last night? I don’t remember to tell you the truth.”
The Bulls (5-0-1, 1-0 C-USA) are 5-23-1 all time against the Billikens, which includes a 2-1 overtime loss last season.
While Kiefer is 1-1 versus St. Louis, Saturday’s game should pose an interesting match up, as C-USA’s Co-Offensive Players of the Week, USF’s Hunter West and St. Louis’ Will John will face off for the first time this year.