Saturday, October 3, 2009

College Matchday: Cincinnati at No.6 South Florida

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

NEED TO KNOW: The Bulls (6-1-1, 2-1-1 Big East) will look to build on its victory against Pittsburgh last Sunday as they host Big East Red Division rival Cincinnati (7-3-0, 2-2-0) in an important conference game.

The Bearcats have had an up-and-down start to Big East play, but have won their last two games in succession, a 1-0 win against Notre Dame and a 2-1 overtime victory against Xavier. Cincinnati leads the Big East in scoring, averaging 1.90 goals per game. The Bearcats attack has been balanced, though, with Nick Weightman, Branden Stelmak and Mark Konitsch all having three goals.

That will give Bulls standout goalkeeper Jeff Attinella and his defense a test. Attinella has been outstanding all season, holding a 0.61 goals against average and .894 save percentage so far this season. The Bulls currently trail Rutgers in the Red division, but have played one game fewer than the Scarlet Knights so far, and could jump into first place with a victory tonight.

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