Sept. 22, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - The men's soccer team fell in overtime, 1-0, at No. 22 South Florida to open BIG EAST play on Saturday night. Roberto Alterio scored the game-winning goal for the Bulls in the 97th minute to help USF improve to 5-2-1 on the year. With the loss, the Friars move to 2-5-1 on the season.
In a series that has seen its fair share of close contests over the years, four of the five all-time meetings between the two teams have now reached overtime. The home standing Bulls increased the pressure in overtime, where it out shot Providence, 5-0. The Friar defense held strong to begin overtime as it turned in several blocked shots and two saves before Alterio finished a Leston Paul pass for the game-winning strike.
For the game, USF outshot the Friars, 15-5, and sent in seven corner kicks to Providence's one. The Friar scoring chances included junior Phil Ziegler (East Lyme, Conn.) putting a header just over the bar in the first half and a USF save on shot by freshman Matt Barry (Wethersfield, Conn.) late in the first half.
Red shirt sophomore Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) made his return to the Friar goal and had four saves in the loss, including two in overtime. In the Bulls' goal, junior Eric Osswald made two saves to earn his fifth win of the year.
The Friars return home to play host to Marquette at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the team's BIG EAST home opener.
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