With both teams in contention for the final remaining spot in the AAC tournament this week, the USF women’s soccer team defeated Tulsa 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma to extend its season.
After winning 10 of its first 12 games, USF was 1-2-1 over its past four matches entering Sunday.
Freshman forward Evelyne Viens was once again the deciding factor, as she gave the Bulls a 3-1 lead in the 50th minute on her second goal of the day and 16th of the season — tying the school record for most goals in a season.
Despite a late scare from a Tulsa goal in the 79th minute, USF held onto its one-goal lead for the final 11 minutes. With the win, USF finished the season in fourth place in the AAC and will begin the conference tournament against Cincinnati on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Men’s Soccer wraps up first place AAC finish
After beginning the season 0-3-2 in the Bulls’ first five matches of the season, the USF men’s soccer team locked in a first place finish in the AAC with a 1-0 double overtime win over SMU in Dallas, Texas on Saturday.
The shutout was USF’s eighth of the year, which is tied for the most in the conference in 2016.
Goalkeeper Spasoje Stefanovic made three saves in the win, the final one coming in the closing minutes of regulation, and has now played three consecutive matches without allowing a goal.
Deadlocked at 0-0 in the 103rd minute, USF senior defender Liam McNally scored his first goal of the year to give the Bulls the win.
“It felt great, it was a good game,” McNally said. “They came at us all game and it was just a battle, it was great to get the goal in the second overtime. The goal is nice, but the clean sheet is what we take pride in, especially as a defender.”
USF will play a final home match against Temple on Saturday before preparing for the AAC tournament, which begins on Nov. 11 at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Volleyball swept by Cincinnati
Despite winning five of its past six matches, the USF volleyball team was swept in three sets by Cincinnati at The Corral on Saturday afternoon.
USF played the second-seeded Bearcats closely in all three sets, losing 25-19, 25-23, 25-22.
With eight more matches remaining in regular season play, USF (16-8, 7-5) remains the fifth-seeded team in the AAC.
The Bulls will finish their five-match homestand Wednesday when they host UCF (18-7, 8-4) in the Sun Dome at 7 p.m.