Kazuna Takase Named AAC Goalkeeper of the Week

The net-minder tallied his second career shutout on Saturday at Temple; JT Copper named to weekly Honor roll.

IRVING, Texas (Oct. 11, 2021) – University of South Florida men’s soccer standout Kazuna Takase has been named the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the week ending Oct. 10, the league announced on Monday. It is Takase’s second conference Player of the Week honor of his career. Also, freshman Jeffrey “JT” Copper was selected to The American weekly honor roll.

South Florida recorded its first conference win of the season with a dominating 3-0 victory at Temple on Saturday night. The Bulls held the upper hand from the opening kickoff on both ends of the field, outshooting the Owls 13-8 on the night and 6-4 in shots on goal.

Takase, a junior from Tomoto, Japan, played in his first match since Sept. 6 at Clemson (due to injury) and recorded his second shutout of the season and the second of his career. Takase turned in a season-high-tying four saves in 90 minutes of action in his third match of the year.

Copper scored his second goal of the season, and first since Sept. 10 vs. Stetson. The Tampa native netted his goal on his only shot of the match in the 44’ minute of play. Copper is tied for second on the team in scoring with five points (2g, 1a).

The Bulls return to Corbett Stadium on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. against Memphis on Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The meeting with the Tigers begins a short two-match homestand that will end on Oct. 22 when No. 10/14 SMU visits Corbett.

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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.

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