Ben Sweat, Clearwater Charger U18 left back, has made a verbal committment to join George Kiefer’s University of South Florida Bulls in the fall of 2010. Sweat was named Pinellas County Soccer Player of the Year in 2009 by the St. Petersburg Times, as he led his Palm Harbor University in scoring and to the 2009 FHSAA 5A State Championship, Palm Harbor University 2 - Freedom 1
The Bulls finished this past season as the 2008 BIG EAST Champions, including a perfect 8-0-2 record at home. During the NCAA tournament, the Bulls beat Harvard, 2-1, in the second round, and then defeated UNC Greensboro, 3-1 in penalty kick’s, in the Sweet 16 to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Ben states :
"I chose USF over several other D1 schools because they had far more to offer me academically and athletically. The USF soccer program is the strongest in the Big East and each year is progressively getting better and better. I really believe the academics are a perfect fit for the major I am interested in; sports medicine. As a student athlete, Head Coach George Kiefer and the USF academic department are very concerned about my education and they plan for me to receive my degree and graduate in 3 1/2 years. I plan to be an impact player for the USF Mens Soccer program and I am very excited to be able to play for Kiefer at USF".