After winning two of the past three games, USF men’s soccer aims to add two more wins this weekend as they take on Brown on Thursday and No. 8 Washington on Sunday at Corbett Stadium.
USF (2-2) lost its last game to Old Dominion 1-0, but felt it was more a lack of focus on rather than being outplayed by the opponent.
“I think we gave them some things we probably could’ve prevented,” coach George Kiefer said. “The positive of that is I don’t think they earned anything on their own.”
USF, who has not lost a home game yet this season, has a two-game home stretch against tough competition.
“When we are at home, it gives us a boost,” sophomore midfielder Lindo Mfeka said. “If the Goalmouths are there, it’s a plus for us and they do a really good job.”
The Bulls are looking to build on their tough wins so far this season and know that a win over No. 8 Washington will do a lot for their season.
“(Winning) definitely gives us confidence and experience to play,” Mfeka said. “We really want to win and get the winning streak going.”
Before USF has that opportunity, it must get through Brown. Though it knocked off No. 23 Boston University on the road, Brown has been inconsistent, dropping games against Providence and Sienna at home.
“We know from the last time we played them that they’re a very scrappy team,” sophomore defender Matthew O’Neal said. “They look to play tough and we’ll just have to match their intensity.”
Brown has had success scoring so far this year, averaging 1.5 goals per game, which will be a task for junior Spasoje Stefanovic, who has only allowed four goals this season.
The Bulls will likely look to senior Lucas Baldin to spark the offense. He has three of the four goals for the Bulls this season and has already been named the AAC Offensive Player of the Week.
USF knows it has a rare chance to gain momentum this weekend, but the team is trying to stay focused on winning.
“We’re just taking it game by game, looking towards the future,” O’Neal said. “We’re trying to get better and grow as a team. As we get better, we’ll get more wins.”
Washington comes into this game with a 4-1 record, losing its only game to St. Mary’s (California).
Keifer has stressed to his team the importance of creating opportunities in games more than scoring goals.
“I don’t know how to talk to a player and say ‘Look you just need to score goals,’” Keifer said. “It’s how can we create a few more chances (to score).”
The Bulls play Brown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Washington at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.