Bulls Receive Program’s Highest Ranking
It was slated to start at 7:30 p.m., but several weather delays pushed the Bulls match against South Carolina back to a 10:55 p.m. start, a match USF dropped 1-0. The Bulls entered as the No. 2 team in the country as voted by the NSCAA, the program’s highest ever ranking, but a single goal in the first half from the Gamecocks was enough to hand the Bulls their first loss of the season.
BIG EAST in the Polls
There are eight BIG EAST teams mentioned in the NSCAA National Poll, with USF leading the way at No. 2. Connecticut is tied for fourth. St. John’s (No. 12), Georgetown (No. 13), Notre Dame (No. 17), Louisville (No. 18) and Marquette (No. 20) are all ranked this week, while Villanova received votes.
UConn is No. 1 in the Soccer America National poll, with USF ranked No. 5. Notre Dame moved up two spots to No. 13, while St. John’s moved up three spots to No. 15. Georgetown is ranked No. 17 and Marquette broke into the poll at No. 19 after not being ranked last week.
Back in Action
Ten BIG EAST teams will be in action on Friday. The night is highlighted by several tournaments, as Cincinnati will play Bradley in the ProRehab Aces Classic, while Pittsburgh will host Fort Wayne in the Nike Invitational. Syracuse is competing in the Mayor’s Cup and Notre Dame is playing in the Berticelle Memorial Tournament. Seton Hall will play No. 15/6 Old Dominion in the Old Dominion Tournament.