TAMPA (September 9, 2022) – The University of South Florida men’s soccer team picked up their first victory of 2022 on Friday night with an impressive 2-0 win over Mercer at Corbett Stadium.
The Bulls (1-3-1) outscored the Bears (2-1-2) while handing them their first loss of the season, edging out Mercer, 16-7, including a 9-3 margin on shots. After just eight shots in total in the first half – 8-3 in favor of South Florida – the Greens and Ors upped their game offensively in the 45 seconds of shooting past their visitors, 11-4.
Ajmer Spengler scored with the Bulls’ first goal of the season with what was to be a cross into the box to Oscar Resano. The ball, however, found its way to the far post and into the back of the goal. It was Spengler’s first goal in a Bulls uniform following his transfer from Stetson following the 2021 season.
In the second half, South Florida had several chances to pass the ball past Mercer goalkeeper Trevor McMullin, but it wasn’t until the 82′ that Alex Sannes finally beat the Bears guard on assists from Shion Soga and Josh Gomina to extend the lead to its final score of 2-0.
Jackson Weyman made three saves on the night and recorded his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career, including his move to Marquette.
Spengler had game highs of four shots and three shots on goal, while five other players added two shots apiece for the Bulls.
FUS – Ajmer Spengler (Unattended; 13:56)
FUS – Alex Sannes (Shion Soga, Josh Gomina; 81:44)
1 2 F
FUS 1 1 2
Mercier 0 0 0
Strokes: USF 16, MU 7
Shoot to the net: USF 9, UM 3
Checked in : USF 3, MU 7
Corner kicks: USF 5, MU 3
Faults: USF 10, MU 8
South Florida is now entering a five-game American Athletic Conference streak, beginning Sept. 16 at Florida Atlantic with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The Bulls AAC home opener is Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. against Temple.
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USF Men’s Soccer entered the school’s first-ever intercollegiate athletic contest on September 25, 1965, beating Florida Southern 4-3. Since then, the oldest program on campus has built a winning tradition, winning 14 conference championships and making 21 NCAA tournament appearances, including 3 trips to the elite eight.
The program also has a solid reputation in professional play and boasts 29 MLS draft picks. Notable alumni include two-time MLS Golden Boot winner Jeff Cunningham, USA 1994 World Cup star Roy Wegerle and 2013 MLS Cup winner Dom Dwyer.
The Bulls have qualified for the playoffs in 18 of the past 20 years, including 12 NCAA Tournament appearances during that span.
The University of South Florida men’s soccer team was well represented on the 2021 AAC Postseason All-Conference Team with four players earning top honors. The Bulls winners were named American Athletic Conference Co-Goalie of the Year, Kazuna Takaseas well as the selection of the first team Shion Soga. Additionally, Takase was also selected to the all-conference second team with Salvatore Mazzaferroand Josh Gomina was named to the AAC All-Rookie Team.
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