USF MSoccer hosts Memphis in quarterfinals of AAC tournament

Posted: November 8, 2014 in Soccer

The Bulls, 9-7-1 (4-3-1), are the 4th seed as they host the 5th seeded Memphis Tigers to start the quarterfinals of the AAC tournament. Memphis is 9-6-2 (3-4-1) entering the tournament and beat the Bulls at Corbett just a 2 weeks ago, winning 2 to 1. The Bulls will be looking to return the favor in this game as they must add to their win total if they want to continue their postseason streak this season (game begins at 7 PM at Corbett Stadium). 

The Tigers are led by sophomore midfielder Raul Gonzalez who has 2 goals (45 shot attempts) and a team high 6 assists on the year. Freshman forward Hector Cantele leads Memphis with 7 goals (28 shot attempts) and has 2 assists. Senior forward Fakhry Khulfan has 5 goals (27 shot attempts) and 2 assists on the season. Senior forward Benjamin Ciosanski has 1 goal (19 shots) and has added 4 assists on the season. Spasoje Stefanovic will have to be on his toes for his game against a deep and talented Memphis squad that can score from anywhere. Will Linder and Quincy Thomas, a defensive player, scored the two goals in the first game, showing that anyone can strike from this Tigers team.

In net for Memphis is redshirt junior Cody Uzcategui. He has allowed 19 goals this year while making 49 saves. Lindo Mfeka had the one goal against him in the first meeting but the Bulls failed to capitalize on their chances against Uzcategui. The offense for USF has been fairly stagnant over the past few games and they need to wake up in a hurry. If they can find their chances again against Memphis, they will need to capitalize on them and make their shots counts. This is going to be a very tight game and the Bulls have to take advantage of every chance they get in this one. They need this win.

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