Even minus football, Saturday was quite the day for late comebacks from UCF Volleyball and Men's Soccer.
Volleyball Withstands Yale in Five
In the championship match of the VolleyKnights Invitational, UCF's final non-conference tournament weekend, UCF withstood a furious effort from a veteran-laden Yale team to win in five.
WOW.— UCF Volleyball (@UCF_Volleyball) September 15, 2018
Defense is at today! pic.twitter.com/YksxlrekJS
The Knights took the first two sets but Yale pushed the match to a fifth.
In the final frame, UCF had a 9-5 lead, but then Yale took 8 of the next 9 points to come with two of winning the match at 13-10. The Knights answered by ripping off five in a row to finish the match and knock off the Bulldogs.
The Knights are now 9-3 heading into conference play. Freshman McKenna Melville is second in The American in kills per set, and five of UCF's top six offensive players are either freshmen or sophomores.
UCF has won six in a row. Conference play begins with USF in Tampa on Friday.
Men's Soccer Stuns Stetson 4-2
It wasn't looking good for UCF Men's Soccer in DeLand after a Stetson goal in the 84th minute gave the Hatters a 2-1 lead.
Then the craziness started:
If you weren't at the game last night then you missed out !— UCF Men's Soccer (@UCF_MSoccer) September 16, 2018
Good thing we have Cal's hat trick and the second fastest consecutive goals scored by a team right here ⤵️#ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/KuLAPLBJ7c
Fast-forward to the 88th minute and the Knights picked up two goals in the span of just nine seconds - one from Hattabiou Barry, followed immediately by Cal Jennings' second goal of the game - to give UCF the lead.
Jennings added his third goal of the night - his ninth of the season - in the 90th minute to wrap it.
Hear from the guy himself! pic.twitter.com/UJPFm1nVzv— UCF Men's Soccer (@UCF_MSoccer) September 16, 2018
We're waiting for official confirmation from an updated NCAA's stats page, but that total would put Jennings atop the nation in goals.
UCF is now 5-1-1 on the year heading into the conference opener Friday at Temple. Factor in last season's run (which started with a win against Stetson), and UCF is 12-2-2 in its last 16, with the two losses coming in overtime.