The Bulls fell 1 to 0 in overtime to the 5th ranked Clemson Tigers as USF rounded out their non-conference portion of the schedule. The loss snaps their 4-game winning streak as they now stand at 4-4-2 on the season.
The two sides battled it out to a scoreless draw in the first half of the game. USF led the total shot attempts at 7 to 1 but could not get one across despite several looks. The two sides had a combined 13 fouls and 3 yellow cards as both groups battled it out on the field. Nazeem Bartman led the way with 3 shot attempts in that first half.
After a scoreless second half, the two sides would go to overtime when Austen Burnikel hit a goal for Clemson in the 92nd minute (off of a rebound), giving them the 1 to 0 victory. Clemson had the total shot attempt edge at 10 to 8 as they came firing back in the second half, keeping USF on defense. The two sides also totaled 28 total combined fouls, showing what kind of a battle it was out there. Christian Knight made one save in net, keeping the Tigers scoreless until late in the game.
The Bulls will hit the road for the AAC opener at Cincinnati (game begins at 3 PM) on Saturday. They battled hard in this game but must regroup and get ready for the next portion of the schedule.
by Matt Stanton
SoFloBulls.com Columnist | @USFMatt
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