It’s time for the AAC tournament championship. The USF Bulls, 10-7-2 (4-3-1) were able to advance to this game thanks to penalty kicks against Uconn. They will be facing off against Tulsa who is 11-5-1 (5-2-1) on the year, beating SMU 2 to 0 in their last game. The Golden Hurricanes beat USF 4 to 3 on October 8th back in Tampa. The Bulls will be looking to return the favor in a huge game for both teams (game begins at noon).
Tulsa is led by senior forward Akeil Barrett who has 6 goals on the year (32 shot attempts) with 2 assists on the year. He didn’t have a goal in the first game (he did not play in the first game). Sophomore midfielder Ray Saari has 6 goals on the year with 2 assists on 31 shot attempts (had 2 shot attempts in the first game). Sophomore midfielder Cameron Drackett has 4 goals on the year and 3 assists. He had a goal and an assist in the first game. Rounding out their offense is senior midfielder Abe Matamoros who has 2 goals (14 shots) and 2 assists on the year (1 shot in the first game). Spasoje Stefanovic, the AAC keeper of the year, allowed 4 goals in the loss while making 4 saves. I think he will have a better game in this one and the USF defense overall will play a much tighter game in the backfield and limit the number of shots the Golden Hurricanes will have. They will need to if they want to hoist the trophy gain.
In goal for Tulsa is sophomore Jake McGuire who has allowed 15 goals on the year (1.01 goals per game) while making 57 saves (.792 save percentage). The Bulls faced his back-up Brandon Hanat in the first game so this is a new challenge for the Bulls and the offense. Edwin Moalosi, Lucas Baldin, and Lindo Mfeka (the stars on offense) all had goals in the first game between the two sides. The senior stars have to rise up in this game once more to take the attack right at Tulsa and keep them on defense for the majority of the game. If the Bulls do that, they stand a chance in this one. This is all for the trophy!!