Sunday, November 1, 2009

Colleges: Bulls fall in overtime, could miss out on bye

No.9 South Florida ended the regular season on a sour note, as Andrew Cuevas gave host Rutgers a 2-1 victory in double-overtime that could end up giving the Bulls a No.3 seed, and no bye, in the Big East tournament.

That will be determined tonight when St. John’s faces Syracuse in a make-up game from Wednesday night. Should the Red Storm win, they would jump over the Bulls in the Red division, taking the No.2 seed and a first-round bye. The Bulls would then face Marquette on Wednesday night at the USF Soccer Stadium.

The Bulls had chances to take the lead in the first half, Bernardo Anor and Ogi Perucica both being denied by Scarlet Knights’ goalkeeper Adam Klink. Rutgers then took the lead in the first minute of the second half, Daniel Parr driving a shot Bulls goalkeeper Jeff Attinella couldn’t quite keep out of the net.

Hasani Sinclair tied the game for the Bulls in the 79th minute, weaving his way past a pair of defenders before striking home a decisive finish to tie the game. The Bulls hopes of taking all three points were dashed in early in the second overtime period, as Cuevas rose to head home a corner by Robbie McLarney to give the Scarlet Knights victory.

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