25 Nov 2021 | 06:37 | Football
IRVING, Texas (Nov. 8, 2021) – University of South Florida men’s soccer standout Henrique Gallina made the most of Senior Night on Friday with two goals in a 3-1 win over Temple in the season finale. In doing so, the midfielder from Atibaia, Brazil reaped the benefits, being named the American Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week, for the week ending Nov. 9.
Friday marked the second time this season that Gallina had a multi-goal performance, also accomplishing the feat in the season-opener against Jacksonville on Aug. 26 in a 4-1 win.
Gallina found the back of the net in the 3′ and 61′ of the match, and also proved to be an offensive menace for the Owls, recording eight of the Bulls’ 19 shots and seven of their 10 shots on goal.
Gallina finished the season as the Bulls leading scorer with 13 points on a team-high five goals and three assists
South Florida finished the 2021 campaign with a 6-7-2 record and a 4-5-1 mark in The American. The Bulls were the hottest team in the conference down the stretch posting a 4-1-1 record in their last six matches and were 2-0-1 in their last three outings.
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USF Men’s Soccer competed in the school’s first ever intercollegiate athletic contest on Sept. 25, 1965, beating Florida Southern 4-3. Since then, the oldest program on campus has built a winning tradition, claiming 14 conference championships and making 21 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 3 trips to the elite eight.
The program also has a strong reputation within the professional game and boasts 29 MLS draft picks. Notable alumni include two-time MLS Golden Boot winner Jeff Cunningham, USA 1994 World Cup star Roy Wegerle, and 2013 MLS Cup winner Dom Dwyer.
The Bulls have advanced to the postseason in 18 of the past 20 years, including 12 NCAA Tournament appearances during that period.
USF Soccer concluded the 2020 season with four players earning AAC honors, highlighted by first first-team selection Josue Monge and Salvatore Mazzaferro who was tabbed a second-team selection. Also, Oscar Resano and Brian Schaefer were named to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team. Head coach Bob Butehorn returns to lead USF in his fifth season on the sidelines.