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South Florida soccer advances to second round

The USF Bulls men's soccer team will host Tulsa in the second round of the NCAA tournament after a 5-3 penalty kick win over the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The South Florida Bulls mens' soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a win over the Florida Gulf Coats University Eagles. The win came after 110 minutes of scoreless play, when Leston Paul made the Bulls a perfect 5-for-5 in the penalty kicks, sealing a 5-3 win.

Neither team could gain an advantage through regulation and two overtime periods, leaving it up to Paul and the rest of the USF shooters. They netted all five, while Dallas Jaye took one away from FGCU's Aaron Guillen to secure the victory.

Jaye only had to make two saves prior to the penalty kicks, a credit to USF's defense. That's been a focus, head coach George Kiefer told the team's website:

"A lot of our focus has been on defending and to get a shutout against a very good Florida Gulf Coast team, I was pleased with that."

The Eagles also had a strong defense, especially keeper Nathan Ingham, who made six saves to keep his team in the game.

USF's regular season win over FGCU was a shutout, 3-0. For the next round of the tournament, the Bulls host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. They faced Tulsa once in the regular season, a 2-1 win on the road.

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