UCF Women’s Soccer knocked off #15/RPI #12 Memphis 2-0 on Thursday night, handing the Knights a much-needed major victory in the home stretch of their up-and-down season.
Stefanie Sanders opened the scoring in the first half with her team-leading 10th goal of the year, and Carrie Lawrence added some insurance in the second half.
The win for UCF is critical, as they knocked off an RPI Top-15 team on their turf, and vaulted themselves into first place in The American, albeit tied with Memphis and USF, at 4-1.
Memphis came into the game as 12-1 overall, with UCF at 6-4-1.
The Knights were 88th in the RPI coming into the week, but that looks to change with the victory over Memphis:
UCF's at-large hopes may not be so dead after all. The Knights made a huge jump in the RPI with win over Memphis. Could yet work their way into the picture if they win out or get close to it.— Chris Henderson (@chris_awk) October 12, 2018
UPDATE: UCF moved up 28 spots in the most recent RPI, and entered the United Soccer Coaches’ Poll at #24.
UCF has their season finale at USF, which may once again decide the American’s regular season title. The regular season champion of The American hosts the conference tournament, which will be played October 31-November 2.