UCF (0-0) at USF (0-0)
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Where: USF Soccer Stadium
The men’s soccer team kicks off the season this weekend against in-state rivals Central Florida and Stetson.
The Bulls have dominated both rivalries since their beginnings. This year, the Bulls will look to continue that trend as they attempt to kick off a difficult schedule by racking up all six points on opening weekend.
“I know the guys are anxious,” coach George Kiefer said. “It’s the start of the regular season and it’s important that we handle the excitement and get out to a good start.”
The Bulls’ match with UCF Friday is the home opener and the first time the two teams have met in the regular season since 2002, when the Bulls traveled to Orlando and walked away with a 3-1 victory.
USF will look to continue the kind of home success it has enjoyed since Kiefer took over in 2002. In his time at the helm the Bulls have compiled a home record of 32-10-10.
The other match of the
weekend has the Bulls traveling to Stetson. The Hatters are coming off a preseason of mixed results. Stetson is looking to show that – despite a coaching change in the middle of their preseason – they have the ability to run with a team that beat them 3-1 last year.