Tampa, FL - The University of South Florida men’s soccer team was selected for its fourth straight NCAA Tournament, and its fifth in the past six years, when it was chosen this afternoon to the field of 48 during the Tournament selection show on ESPNU. This is also the Bulls’ 14th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time. USF, who earned one of 26 at-large bids, will face in-state rival UCF on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in Orlando.
“We’re obviously very excited to get into the tournament,” said USF head coach George Kiefer. “In preparation, we’ve gone and watched UCF, so we are very prepared for that game already and we look forward to playing it. I wish the game was tomorrow. UCF is a very good team this year, and then you look at their record and who they have played, you also realize that they have also played a good schedule. We kind of sensed that if we got in that we would be playing them.”
The Bulls enter the NCAA Tournament with a 9-5-4 overall record and logged a 4-3-2 slate in BIG EAST play. USF advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 5 seed out of the Red Division and lost to West Virginia 2-1 in the tournament’s first round.
UCF comes into its meeting with the Bulls with an 11-4-3 record and a 4-1-3 ledger in Conference USA. The Golden Knights played to a 1-1 double overtime tie at No. 19 Tulsa on Nov. 5, and faced the Golden Hurricane in the first round of the C-USA Tournament where they dropped a 2-1 decision.
The winner of Thursday’s match will face the No. 10 seed Michigan who enters the tournament with a 14-4-3 record. That match will be played on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.
USF has been led this season by midfielder Bernardo Anor who has 27 points (6g-3a) in 16 games for the Bulls. Midfielder Shawn Chin is second with 11 points (5g-1a).
USF also boasts one of the premier goalkeepers in America in Jeff Attinella. Attinella, a 2010 first team All-America, has played every minute this season and has recorded a .78 goals against average and a .810 save percentage to go along with a school record 10 shutouts. This year, Attinella set marks for shutouts in a season, consecutive shutouts (six) and career clean sheets (28)