No. 23 USF (8-4-4, 4-2-4) at St. John’s (8-5-2, 4-4-2)When: Sat., 8 p.m.Where: Belson Stadium
The story: The USF men’s soccer team (8-4-4, 4-2-4) closes its regular season Saturday night against the St. John’s Red Storm (8-5-2, 4-4-2) in Queens, N.Y. The No. 23 Bulls travel to the Big Apple for only the second time in the program’s 42 years.
USF is coming off a 1-1 tie against Louisville but is unbeaten since a 1-0 loss to Rutgers on Sept. 30. The Bulls and the Red Storm have clinched a seed in the upcoming Big East Tournament, and the Bulls are fighting for a first-week bye. For that to occur, the Bulls must win its game against St. John’s, and Rutgers must lose its Saturday night game against Louisville. With a win Saturday, USF will ensure home-field advantage in the opening rounds of the tournament.
In 2005, the Bulls edged past then-No. 3 St. John’s with a goal from forward Simon Schoendorf. As a result, Schoendorf was honored as the Big East Offensive Player of the Week, Dane Brenner was awarded with Big East Goalkeeper of the Week, and Yohance Marshall was honored as the Big East Defensive Player of the Week. However, Schoendorf and Marshall are injured and unable to play against the Red Storm on Saturday.
USF has a 1-1 record against the Red Storm.
Keep an eye on: forward Jordan Seabrook. The sophomore had enough of a look of a Cardinals’ defense that coach George Kiefer expects St. John’s will offer the same style of defense. Seabrook leads the team in goals (6), points (14), shots (46) and shots on goal (23). Last year against the Red Storm, Seabrook tallied seven goals and three shots on goal in the win.