Villanova (4-4-1, 3-1 Big East) at No. 25 USF (5-3, 4-0 Big East)
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: USF Soccer Field
The story: The Bulls are at home to face the Villanova Wildcats, another Big East opponent. Villanova only has eight goals through nine games this season and is ninth in the Big East with a 1.08 goals against average. Despite their statistics, the Wildcats have put together an impressive conference record of 3-1 and recently beat the No. 18 Seton Hall Pirates, 1-0.
The Bulls are on a four-game winning streak coming into Saturday’s game, and their play has earned them a place in Soccer America’s Top 25. The Bulls are second in the Big East in goals per game (2.12) and second in assists per game with 2.38. Both USF and Villanova are in the Red division of the Big East – the Bulls currently sit at first place, the Wildcats fourth. This will be the first meeting between the teams.
Keep an eye on: Dane Brenner. The junior goalkeeper has played a major role in the Bulls’ four-game winning streak. Brenner has logged back-to-back shutouts in the Bulls’ last two conference games, and his effort between the posts garnered him the Big East Goalkeeper of the Week award for the week that ended Sunday. Brenner’s 31 saves are tied for fourth in the Big East.
– Tony Marquis