The 2014 season is over for the Bulls. For the first time in 7 years, the Bulls failed to make the NCAA tournament. Yet, despite the postseason snub, it was still a successful and exciting year for the Bulls at Corbett Stadium. Let’s review the numbers and what each player did during the 2014 season.
The Bulls finished the year with a record of 10-7-3 (4-3-1), ending the year in the AAC championships where they fell in penalty kicks. USF went 7-4 at home at Corbett Field, defending home turf well. During the course of the year, the Bulls scored a total of 36 goals, averaging 1.60 goals per game. The defense held opponents to 22 goals on the year, 1.10 goals per game. USF had a total of 280 shots, including 106 on goal for a total of 14 per game (38% of the shots). They held opponents to 205 shots on the year with just 91 on goal the entire season, averaging 10 per game (44% of the shots). The Bulls had 108 corner kicks compared to just 90 for opponents. The Bulls also had 44 offsides calls compared to 27 called on opponents. These numbers reflect the aggressive and fast tempo of the USF offense. Coach Kiefer and squad dominated the pace of games, putting pressure on the opponents throughout the entire game. They would take a lot of shots and not give the opponents a lot of looks, keeping possession and playing aggressively. The aggressive nature often led to the offsides calls, but the total goals in the end made up for it. The Bulls score 11 more goals this year (had 25 last year) showing how the aggressive style works. Now, with that, let’s see how all of the individual players did to make these numbers possible.
#14 Kennedy Selorm Adablah – Senior – Midfielder – Dansoman-Accra, Ghana (University of Ghana)
Adablah played in 14 games during the year. He scored 2 goals on 18 shots, 6 of them were on goal (33% of the total). Adablah played well and was a solid role player on offense for the Bulls.
#19 Atsou Ayah – Junior – Midfielder – Togo, West Africa (Tyler JC)
Ayah was a reserve player that appeared in 14 games during the year. He only totaled one shot on goal during the year.
#10 Lucas Baldin – Senior – Midfielder – Taubate, Brazil (Peterson Hojas Preparatoria SC)
Baldin, a 1st team All AAC selection, played in 20 games this year for the Bulls after missing all of last year. He was tied for the team lead with 5 goals on 28 shots, 18 of them on goal (64%). He also was tied with 9 assists. He was the center of the USF offense and a major part of the success the Bulls had this year.
#9 Tyler Blackwood – Senior – Forward – London, England (University of Tampa)
Blackwod played in 18 games for the Bulls after transferring over from UT. He had 4 goals on 30 shots, 10 of the shots were on goal (33%). He also added 3 assists. Blackwood had a solid in his one and only year as a Bull.
#28 Jackson Brown – Sophomore – Defender – Ramsey, Isle of Man (Ramsey Grammar School)
Brown appeared in 3 games as a reserve and did not total any shots or assists.
#20 Wesley Charpie – Senior – Defender – Tarpon Springs, FL (Tarpon Springs HS)
Charpie, a 1st team All AAC selection, played in all 20 games for the Bulls. He had 31 shot attempts (9 on goal) and added 6 assists from the defensive backline. Charpie (likely MLS pick) was a solid defender for the Bulls and a player that would help on offense.
#17 Brandon Curriston – Senior – Midfielder – Niceville, FL (Niceville HS)
Curriston appeared in 6 games this year as a reserve. He did not total any shots or assists.
#18 Terry Delancy – Junior – Forward – Nassau, Bahamas (St. Stephen’s Episcopal HS)
Delancy appeared in 19 games. He totaled 5 shots (1 SOG) and added in an assists as a reserve that would rotate in throughout games.
#15 Marcus Epps – Sophomore – Midfielder/Forward – Jackson, MS (Chicago Fire Academy)
Epps played in 20 games this year, adding 3 goals on 37 shots (15 shots on goal). He also added 2 assists as the played a hybird role, playing both on the wings and in the center of the field at times for the Bulls.
#5 Juan Carlos Garcia – Senior – Defender – Caracas, Venezuela (Colegio La Salle La Colina)
Garcia appeared in 6 games on a reserve. He did not record any stats.
#11 Gerardo Hernandez – Senior – Midfielder – Caracas, Venezuela (Henry Clay HS) (Deportivo Italia)
Hernandez played in 19 games for the Bulls, helping secure the defensive backfield for the Bulls. He had 9 shots (3 on goal) and added 1 assist.
#1 Dallas Jaye – Redshirt junior – Goalkeeper – Danville, California (Sam Ramon Valley HS)
Jaye was the reserve keeper, appearing in 3 games (total of 76 minutes). He allowed 2 goals overall and made 4 saves during the year playing behind Spasoje Stefanovic.
#13 Eduardo Maceira – Freshman – Midfielder – Caracas, Venzuela (Deportivo La Guaira)
Maceira, an all AAC rookie team selection, played in all 20 games this year. He scored 5 goals on 23 shots (9 SOG) and added 2 assists. He is a young exciting player that showcased his talents in year one.
#12 Lindo Mfeka – Sophomore – Midfielder – Duban, S. Africa (Javanon 94)
Mfeka, a 1st team All AAC selection, played in all 20 games for the Bulls. He had 4 goals on the year on 31 shots (12 shots on goal) while adding 5 assists. He was a big time scorer from the middle of the field while dishing out assists during the year.
#32 Mike Mitchell – Redshirt sophomore – Goalkeeper – Bradenton, FL (Braden River HS)
Mitchell did not play this year for the Bulls.
#7 Edwin Moalosi – Senior – Forward/Midfielder – Otse, Botswana (Lincoln JC)
Moalosi was named 2nd team All AAC in his final year with USF. He had 5 goals in 20 games on 41 shots (15 SOG) while adding 9 assists (tied Lucas Baldin). Moalosi was a consistent scoring threat that doubled as an assist machine for the USF offense.
#8 Duane Muckette – Sophomore – Midfielder – Port of Spain, Trinidad (Queens Royal College)
Muckette played in 14 games, coming off of injury. He had 4 shots in limited playing time during the year.
#2 Matthew O’Neal – Sophomore – Defender – Jackson, MS (Callaway HS)
The track star appeared in 18 games for the USF defense. He had one goal on his lone shot of the year. He was a key defender using his speed to cover a lot of field.
#4 Alessandro Paciocco – Freshman – Defender – Caracas, Venezuela (Deportivo La Guaira)
Paciocco did not play this year.
#23 Nikola Paunic – Senior – Defender – Toronto, Ontario (Serbia) (Toronto FC Academy)
Paunic was a key member of the USF defense. He played in 19 games, scoring a goal on 9 shots during the season.
#24 Gabriel Pfeffer – Freshman – Defender – Montevideo, Uruguay
Pfeffer played in 14 games this year. He scored 2 goals on 5 shots. He is a key young defender for the future for the Bulls.
#3 Brandon Riley – Junior – Defender – Orlando, FL (Tyler JC)
Riley played in 13 games, rotating in as a key reserve. He did not record any stats.
#16 Rohan Roberts – Freshman – Defender – Ocoee, FL (Orlando City FC Academy)
Roberts played in 16 games this year, playing both some starting time and as a reserve. He totaled 3 shots on the year.
#6 Graham Smith – Sophomore – Midfielder – (New Hope, PA) (University of Pittsburgh)
Smith played in all 20 games, starting 15 games total during the year. He totaled 4 shots on the year.
#27 Igor Souza – Junior – Midfielder – Sao Paulo, Brazil (Francis Marion University)
Souza appeared in 3 games as a reserve. He did not total any stats.
#30 Spasoje Stefanovic – Sophomore – Goalkeeper – Belgrade, Serbia (Radnicki Obrenovac)
Stefanovic took over as the starting keeper and won AAC keeper of the year after a great first season (1st team All AAC as well). He played in all 20 games, allowing 20 goals (1 GPG) and made 63 saves during the year (.759).
#33 Drew Trautmann – Redshirt freshman – Goalkeeper – Orlando, FL (West Orange HS)
Trautmann did not play this year.
Early thoughts for 2015
It’s a long way away, but its always fun to talk about the future and what next year brings. Starting on defense, the Bulls lose a few veteran players like Nikola Paunic, but they return others like Matthew O’Neal, Rohan Roberts, and others. Having Spasoje Stefanovic as only a sophomore is huge if he returns (if he doesn’t sign with a team, etc.). With him in goal, the defense should be very solid for the Bulls going into next year. USF will be very young in the middle of the field replacing Lucas Baldin and others, but Eduardo Maceira and Lindo Mfeka (among others) are the next group of rising stars for this team and will take on more leadership roles for next season. The real issue for the Bulls will be at the forward positions next year. A lot of starters like Blackwood and Moalosi, are graduating, leaving a lot of youth on the wings for Coach Kiefer and staff. Players like Terry Delancy and younger players like Duane Muckette will have to step in. Kiefer will bring in more players and always has a touch for bringing in elite level talent, so there shouldn’t be a drop off (at least too big) with the youth movement for next year coming. I expect the Bulls to be once again a conference favorite in 2015 and pushing to get back into the NCAA tournament.