When: Friday, 8 p.m.
Where: Blacksburg, Va.
USF’s last match against an ACC opponent ended the 2008 season, a 5-0 loss to Wake Forest in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Bulls, who are ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, will try to reverse their fortunes against a different ACC team, traveling to play Virginia Tech (1-1-1) on Friday.
“Virginia Tech is another very tough team,” said USF coach George Kiefer “They pose a great test for our program, and the guys are excited about traveling to play them.”
The Hokies are led by senior defender and midfielder James Gilson, who has one goal and one assist in three matches this season. Gilson led the team in points last season, scoring six goals and adding four assists.
The Hokies have also received strong play from midfielder Charlie Campbell, who has registered nine shots on goal and scored a game-winner Sept. 4 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
However, Kiefer was big on USF’s defense Tuesday night, as the Bulls have allowed just one goal all season. UCF is the only team to score on USF.
“And that goal shouldn’t have even been scored,” Kiefer said. “We still need to get better defensively.”
Kiefer also said his team has had many chances on the offensive end. Despite its perfect record, USF has scored just four goals this season, two in its last 225 minutes played.
Fernando Gonzalez, Zak Boggs, Javed Mohammed, and Bernardo Anor each have goals this season for USF.
— Joel Leventhal