TAMPA -- USF Men’s Soccer put up a fierce battle against Tulsa on Sunday night at Corbett Soccer Stadium. The match between the Bulls and Golden Hurricane involved a lot of physical play, but in the end USF fell to Tulsa 1-0 in overtime.
The first half was filled with chances on both sides, accentuated by two dangerous chances by the Bulls. 15 minutes into the game Kyle Nicholls had a nice volley saved by Hurricane goalkeeper Mark Pais.
Halfway through the first half, a Tulsa corner was turned into a dangerous counter by Wesley Charpie. Charpie went the length of the field in a three-on-one situation against him, and curled a beautiful shot around the keeper only to have it deflected off the right post.
The second half played out much like the first, trading possession and chances. 31 minutes in, a tremendous individual effort by Sebastien Thuriere lead to a one-on-one that was shot right at Pais. USF threatened for the rest of the half but to no avail, which progressed the game into overtime.
Overtime for the Bulls was uninspired, and Tulsa controlled the tempo throughout. The Bulls did show some signs of potency, but nothing of note.
With two minutes left in the final half Tulsa was awarded with a direct free kick just outside the 18 yard box. Omar Mata stepped up to take the shot for the Hurricanes. Mata placed a great shot left to right, bending around USF’s wall into the top right corner of net, just past the outstretched arms of Bulls keeper Dallas Jaye.
The Bulls end their season with a tough loss, after reaching their sixth straight NCAA Tournament.