A crowd of over 1,000 attendees witnessed a few firsts for South Florida men’s soccer this season during its 1-0 upset win over No. 15 Indiana on Friday at Corbett Stadium.
The Bulls (1-3) scored their first goal after a three-game drought while recording their first win of the year. But, perhaps even more notable, Friday also marked their first win against the Hoosiers (2-2-1) in nearly 39 years—the last time being Nov. 11, 1984.
South Florida had seven shots in the first half compared to Indiana’s four. Each team had three corner kick opportunities as well.
Both teams played with physicality throughout the match. IU recorded six fouls and USF had five by the end of the game.
Senior center back Luca Hollenstein and Indiana’s senior defender Brett Bebej both received a yellow card at the 27th minute.
Graduate student forward Jalen Anderson saw the back of the net in the 26th minute, giving the Bulls their first goal of the season, unassisted.
With netting their first goal, coach Bob Butehorn said he is proud that his players are finding their rhythm and completing their plays in the opponent’s goal box.
“That’s what I’m looking for,” Butehorn said. “The whole team is looking for guys to step up and finish their chances, and put some scores on the board. I’m proud of the guys that rolled up their sleeves today and did the job.”
In the second half, the game became more equal as the Hoosiers had six more shots while the Bulls trailed closely with four. IU received three more corner kicks while USF only had one.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alan Horrocks matched his program high of four saves in a game.
This is Horrocks first season with the Bulls, but his performance is on the rise.
“I think he’s growing,” Butehorn said. “I asked him to get the job done today and he did it. I would say I’m pretty proud of that. He’s still a young keeper.”
In their next match, the Bulls will face an opponent of similar stature, Clemson (2-1-1), on Tuesday.
Butehorn said his team is going to take this little bit of confidence and run with it for the upcoming match.
“We’ll just take it one day at a time,” Butehorn said. “We had a lot of chances in this game early and we probably didn’t play our best but we did enough to win it.”