Men’s soccer lost to Stetson for first time in 22 years

Forward Oscar Resano scored both goals in the match against Stetson on Wednesday. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO

USF men’s soccer played in front of a full house Wednesday as the team took on Stetson ending in a last minute 3-2 loss.

Both teams opened up the scoreboard early when Stetson (4-2-5, 2-1-2 AAC) freshman midfielder Andres Mata and USF’s sophomore forward Oscar Resano both scored a goal by the 12th minute.

In the 24th minute, Resano scored his second and final goal for the Bulls (3-4-3, 2-0-2 AAC) after an assist from freshman midfielder Lovro Kostanjsek landed the ball into the bottom right of the net, putting the Bulls in the lead 2-1.

Despite finishing the first half with 12 shots and 62% ball possession, the Bulls fell short to the Hatters in the last 45 minutes of the game.

The first 30 minutes of the second half was scoreless as both teams were going head to head to secure a win. Just as it seemed like the score was determined for the match, an unexpected goal from the Hatters in the 79th minute turned it around.

Stetson redshirt sophomore Daniel Wintermeier was able to place a head on a corner kick, catching USF goalie Jackson Weyman in his tracks and tying the game.

The Bulls cracked under pressure and lost their composure as the Hatters tied the game, ultimately leading to another goal in the 89th minute and giving the win to the away team.

Frustration was felt in the arena as this was Stetson’s first win against USF in 22 years.

“We knew we were better than them with the ball. We were a better team than them. We have a game plan. We know that they rely on their players up top and their creativity,” Resano said.

“We just weren’t able to lock them down. If you can’t do that you’re going to pay the price for it for sure. This game was a tough one but it’s definitely going to help us out in the next game.”

USF will play its next conference match at Corbett Stadium against FIU on Sunday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and Bulls Unlimited Radio.