USF Notebook: Ticket allocations increase

USF will allot an additional 1,000 tickets for its road football game against Florida State University on Sept. 26, the University announced Thursday.

This is the second time in the last month USF has expanded the tickets for the FSU game.

Initially, USF received a 5,000-ticket allotment. On June 1, however, 2,500 more were put on sale.

With the additional tickets, the total number of seats for Bulls fans reaches 8,500 – the most ever allotted for a USF road game.

“I have said multiple times that the game at Florida State is a great opportunity for our program on a national stage and against one of the greatest coaches in college football history, Bobby Bowden,” said USF coach Jim Leavitt in a statement. “I love that ticket sales are strong, and I hope that the fans continue the stampede to Tallahassee. We’ll need every single one of them to win in one of the most difficult environments in football.”

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Men’s soccer gets eight

The USF men’s soccer team added eight newcomers to its roster for the 2009 season on Wednesday and one more on Sunday.

The Bulls, who won the Big East championship last season, added Ghanaian Alex Brisbane, Boston College transfer Shawn Chin and North Lauderdale native Alvaro Bastidas to the midfield.

USF also welcomes three defensive players: Jamaican Ashani Fairclough, Venezuelan Carlos Rivero and goalkeeper Alex Spock, who went to Land O’ Lakes High School.

Texas native Kevin Olali and Hasani Sinclair, named Florida Gatorade Player of the Year in 2009, round out the class in the forward positions.

As seniors, Sinclair and Bastidas led American Heritage to a class 2-A state championship. Sinclair is also a member of the U.S. U-18 men’s national team.

“We are extremely happy with the student-athletes that we have added this year,” USF coach George Kiefer said in a statement. “We are looking forward to working with these guys throughout the course of their careers. We are fortunate to have recruited a class full of players who are great athletes and tremendous people.”

Track star captures title

South Florida freshman Casey Wagner became the first junior national champion in USF history Saturday when she won the javelin title at the 2009 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

Wagner threw 150-0 feet to come out on top in a field of 18.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” she said. “I just wanted to come out here and do my best. That’s what I did and I got rewarded for that.”

Wagner also holds the javelin record for USF, throwing 152-8 feet in the outdoor Big East championships in early May.