Friday, September 18, 2009

College Matchday: Marquette at No.5 South Florida

WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m. USF Soccer Stadium

NEED TO KNOW: South Florida opens its Big East schedule with a visit from a Marquette squad that has been struggling to find its form so far this season. The Golden Eagles (1-3-0) have only scored once, Callum Mallace finding the net in a season-opening victory against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and have given up seven goals in their last three games, including a 1-0 defeat to No.17 UC Irvine in their last outing.

The Bulls, on the other hand, are the only undefeated side in the Big East after a pair of 1-0 wins against Valparaiso and Virginia Tech last week moved them to 4-0-0 on the season. Shawn Chin scored his first goal of the season last Friday to give the Bulls their third straight 1-0 victory. Jeff Attinella (Countryside) and his defense have been outstanding over that span, Attinella picking up the Big East Goalkeeper of the Week award on Monday.

Currently on a 20-game undefeated streak at home that stretches back to 2007, the one thing the Bulls may need to avoid is complacency. South Florida faces No.21 Notre Dame on Sunday, making Friday night’s game one that the Bulls could potentially overlook.

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