Bulls struggle in 3-0 loss to Clemson


The Bulls could not keep their composure Tuesday night as they committed 18 fouls and received five yellow cards and one red card in a 3-0 loss at Clemson.

USF struggled to get its offense going throughout the game with only one shot on goal by senior midfielder Lucas Baldin in the second half. Clemson had seven shots on goal, with three hitting the back of the net.

Two yellow cards were handed out to USF players in the first half, both of which were two minutes before the first goal arrived.

The first goal came in the 35th minute off a corner by midfielder Paul Clowes, who gave a short pass to forward Saul Chinchilla. Chinchilla then crossed it in to the middle for Manolo Sanchez to head it past USF goalkeeper Spasoje Stefanovic.

The second goal came on a penalty kick in the 50th minute. Clemson defender Phanuel Kavita converted the goal to put the Tigers up by two.

The Bulls started showing signs of panic in the second half by committing 10 fouls, three of which were yellow cards. Senior defender Nikola Paunic received a red card in the 78th minute for a tackle which occurred at midfield. He will be suspended for the Bulls’ next matchup.

Playing with only 10 players on the field, USF gave up the third and final goal from a cross in the 88th minute by defender Ara Amirkhanian toward midfielder Bobby Belair to head the ball in for his first goal of the season.

Despite allowing three goals, Stefanovic made four saves in the game, compared to Clemson goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, who had one save.

The Bulls will look to break their two-game losing streak as they face first place UConn for the second matchup of the season at Corbett Stadium. USF defeated UConn on Sept. 27 after scoring the only goal of the match in overtime. The matchup will take place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and is the final regular season game.