No. 19 USF entered Saturday night’s match against one of the best teams in the country with one major advantage: they played at home.
But the Bulls, who had been unbeaten in five straight home matches and seven straight overall, saw both streaks come to an end after a 2-1 double overtime loss to No. 2 Louisville (12-0-2) at the USF Soccer Stadium.
“I think Louisville is obviously a very good team. There were times where we were very good in the game,” coach George Kiefer said. “I felt like, as the game went on, we started to get on top of them a little bit.”
The Cardinals scored in the 30th minute as junior midfielder Kenny Walker sprinted his way to the box and drilled the ball into the upper right side of the goal past senior goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.
In the second period, USF gained momentum when freshman forward T.J. Roehn capitalized off an assist from freshman forward Christopher Waugh in the 71st minute for his first goal as a Bull.
“In the first half, we were a little bit timid, so we just told them (at halftime) to relax and play,” Kiefer said.
After a scoreless first overtime, the Bulls seemed to have momentum heading into the second extra session, yet Louisville freshman midfielder Dylan Mares assisted junior midfielder/forward Nick DeLeon in the 111th minute for the game-winner.
“That was a great example of us in the second half (being) a little bit not ourselves, and then picked it up in the end, so I’m pleased with the guys,” he said. “I can’t hang my head too low after this one.”
The Bulls play their final home game of the season against Rutgers on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.