South Florida 3, Stetson 0

Nov. 18, 2005

TAMPA, Fla. -- Three goals by three different players led the University of South Florida men's soccer team (13-6-1) to a 3-0 win over the Stetson Hatters (9-11-1) on Friday, Nov, 18 at the USF Soccer Stadium to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Simon Schoendorf registered three assists on the night, setting up all three of USF's goals. Freshman Kevon Neaves - scoring just his second goal of the season - registered the game-winner as USF extended its unbeaten streak to six games versus the Hatters.

Having gone to overtime in the last two meeting with Stetson, USF scored early and never looked back, holding the Hatters to just two shots on goal. Freshmen Neaves and Jordan Seabrook and sophomore Kris Raad each found the back of the net, as the Bulls improved their NCAA Tournament record to 6-9-1 all-time. In just the second NCAA Tournament game played by USF at the USF Soccer Stadium, the Bulls downed the Hatters for the second time in 2005 and earned a shot at Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (Nov. 22 in Charlottesville, Va.).

"I was really happy with the way the team played," said head coach George Kiefer. "The emphasis here was to play well and then get results. I thought, by playing good soccer tonight, we were able to get the win. Stetson is a very well coached team. The thing that we worked on all week was to match their intensity. I thought the guys did a great job."

USF got on the board with a goal in the 24th minute. Neaves scored his second goal of the season, on a shot from 20 yards out. On an indirect freekick, Schoendorf touched the ball to Neaves, who struck a shot with his left foot. The rocketed shot beat goalkeeper Evan White - low and to his left. Schoendorf was credited with his third assist of the season on the goal.

Outshooting the Hatters 5-2, the Bulls entered halftime with a 1-0 lead.

USF extended its lead with a 74th-minute goal by Raad. Receiving a pass from Schoendorf, Raad got behind the Stetson defense and beat White for his second goal of the 2005 season. Both Schoendorf and midfielder Rodrigo Hidalgo were credited with assists on the play. USF put the game out of reach when Seabrook scored his 12th goal of the season in the 83rd minute. Once again, Schoendorf sent a though-ball to a streak forward (this time Seabrook). The second team All-BIG EAST selection slotted a shot past the Stetson keeper to make the score 3-0. Schoendorf and junior Sammy Castellanos earned assists on the play.

Goalkeeper Dane Brenner earned his fourth shutout of the season, facing just two shots on goal, while winning his career-best 13th match of the season. The shutout is the first for USF in the NCAA Tournament since a 0-0 draw with Navy on Nov. 16, 1970.

The win extends USF's current home winning streak to 10 games.

USF will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to face the Virginia Cavaliers on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Game time is 7 p.m.

USF Bulls vs. Stetson Hatters

First Round - NCAA Tournament
November 18, 2005 - USF Soccer Stadium

1 2 F

Stetson 0 0 0

USF 1 2 3

Scoring Summary: USF - Neaves 2 (Schoendorf 3), 24'; USF - Raad 2
(Schoendorf 4, Hidalgo 13), 74'; Seabrook 12 (Schoendorf 5, Castellanos
1), 83'.

USF Bulls - GK Dane Brenner, D Yohance Marshall, D Kareem Smith, D Joris
Claessens, D Blake Sharpe, M Brian Gil, M Sammy Castellanos, M Kevon
Neaves, M Rodrigo Hidalgo, F Simon Schoendorf, F Jordan Seabrook.

Substitutes: Andre Townsend, Kris Raad, Joey Brown, Garrett Gaa, Alex

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Neaves 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Two players with 2);

Stetson Hatters - GK Evan White, D Rudy Mehrens, D Ryan Hare, D Ben
Dyon, D Ron Fulmore, D Gabe Shibly, M Alex Minton, M Armante Marshall, M
Arthur Prescott, F Brian Bell, F Tanner Wolfe.

Substitutes: Mauricio Ruiz, Sean Marshall, Richard Porteous, Andy
Anspaugh, Kirk Labusch.

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Two players with 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Mehrens 2);

Cautions and Ejections: STET - Shibly (caution), 79'.

Referee: Alex Ivahnenko
Assistant Referees: David Albany, Ed Fiumara
4th Official: Goree Fleck

Weather: Cloudy, breezy, 67 degrees.

-- Courtesy USF