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Mittoo's Late Goal Lifts USF Over WVU


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Mittoo's Late Goal Lifts USF Over WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Two days after registering his first career assist, freshman Andre Mittoo found the back of the net for the first time, as the No. 12 University of South Florida men's soccer team downed No. 6 West Virginia 1-0 in the second overtime, Sunday afternoon.

The goal, scored in the 113th minute following a restart, was sent up nicely in front of the net by senior Simon Schoendorf.  Mittoo was able to go high and head the ball through to give the Bulls their first conference road win of the year. 

Mittoo's goal was the first of the year that WVU has allowed during running play.  The team gave up two game-winners on penalty kicks to Ohio State and St. John's earlier in the season.

The victory gives USF its second conference win of the year and moves the team's overall record to 7-1-1(2-1-1).  The Mountaineers fall to 6-3-0 (2-2-0).

"The team played very well," said head coach George Kiefer.  "I was pleased by the amount of chances we created.  After the first ten minutes, I felt we were able to control the tempo for the rest of the game."

USF continued its attacking trend, out-shooting the Mountaineers 22-11.  WVU stopped five of the Bulls' shots, while keeper Diego Restrepo registered six saves in his fourth shutout of the year.

Schoendorf's assist gives him five for the year and ties him with teammate Jordan Seabrook for the team-high.  Schoendorf recorded the most shots against WVU with five, followed by Seabrook and junior Kevon Neaves, who had four each.

USF's defense held solid yet again.  The team has allowed only seven goals all year long.

"Yohance (Marshall) has done an outstanding job of keeping the defense together," continued Kiefer.  "He exhibited that again today in the win over West Virginia.  The line is gelling nicely.  Hats off to Diego on the shutout as well."

The Bulls will continue their four-match roadtrip next Saturday, Oct. 6, when the team travels to Louisville for their fifth consecutive match against a conference foe.  The match will get under way at 7 p.m. from Cardinal Park.

The team returns to Tampa to face Villanova on Fri., Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.  Tickets to all USF home matches are $5 for adults, $3 for youth 16-and-under and $2 for groups of 10 or more.  Spectators will have the opportunity to get player and coach autographs at the conclusion of every home game down on the field.  Season ticket packages are also available.  Call 1-800-GoBulls or visit www.GoUSFBulls.com for details. 

Fans can also catch all home games on the USF Press Pass.  Live video and audio streaming is available for all matches played in the USF Soccer Stadium with Jim Henderson delivering the play-by-play call.

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