No.3 South Florida held a halftime lead, but was pegged back by St. John’s in the second half as the two sides played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday night at the USF Soccer Stadium.
Looking to bounce back after a 1-0 loss to No.12 Louisville on Wednesday, the Bulls (7-2-2, 3-2-2 Big East) took the lead in the 41st minute. A long ball downfield from Bulls goalkeeper Jeff Attinella came to Ogi Perucica, who flicked a shot over advancing St. John’s goalkeeper Derby Carillo, only for the shot to come back off the crossbar. The ball rebounded to Zak Boggs on the left side of the penalty area, and he struck a bicycle kick into the net to give the Bulls the lead.
“It was a great goal, and I’m happy for Zak,” Bulls coach George Kiefer said. “I think you’ll see Zak get some more goals. He’s taken the pressure off himself.”
The Bulls wouldn’t be able to hold on to their advantage, though, as St. John’s (3-2-6, 2-1-4) evened the game in the 61st minute, a free kick by Wegge Gundhus being tucked away by Adam Himeno after the ball came to him in the penalty area.
Both sides had chances to earn victory, South Florida firing off four shots in a two-minute span and St. John’s forcing Attinella into nine saves, but neither side was able to break the deadlock in regulation or either period of overtime.
“I felt like there were times where we could have won the game, and there were times where they could have won the game,” Kiefer said. “I thought that was a good, good match.”
The Bulls play their final non-conference game of the season at home on Wednesday night as Florida Atlantic comes to Tampa before they travel to Syracuse next Saturday.