No. 16 USF (6-4-2, 3-2-2) at No. 15 Cincinnati (8-3-1, 5-2)When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.Where: Gettler Stadium
The story: USF goes back on the road as the Bulls play against Big East Red Division leader Cincinnati. USF has an all-time record of 6-5-2 against Cincinnati and won last year’s meeting at home 2-1 in overtime. The Bearcats are on fire, though, having won six straight games.
“It’s a free game for Cincinnati,” coach George Kiefer said. “They can lose to us and still be in first place. We just have to dig down and see if we can be good enough to compete with the best team in the league.”
The Bearcats have scored 16 goals during their winning streak and have taken a staggering 117 shots. The Bearcats are led by forward Omar Cummings, who leads the nations with nine assists and ranks third in the Big East with 19 points.
For the Bulls, forward Jordan Seabrook leads the team with 36 shots, 18 shots on goal, 10 points and is coming off of a game-winning goal in overtime against FAU. Rodrigo Hidalgo has been an offensive catalyst for USF with 25 shots and a .160 shot percentage. Last year, Hidalgo scored a goal and had six shots during the Bulls’ victory over Cincinnati.
Keep an eye on: defender Andre Townsend. Look for Townsend to have a strong game after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against FAU with two yellow cards. While not in a position to record statistics, Townsend will likely show a strong performance, blocking shots and creating offensive chances and assists.