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Top 25 Games of the Year: #24 - Women’s Soccer Beats Florida...Twice?

UCF Women’s Soccer had to play the Florida Gators twice in 18 hours to earn a win due to Mother Nature.

Stefanie Sanders UCF Women’s Soccer
Stefanie Sanders
Photo: Derek Warden

On Sunday, September 9th, the UCF Knights WOmen’s Soccer team was originally scheduled to play the Florida Gators. Both teams were able to play 45 minutes that night with the Knights dominating the Gators, leading 3-0 at half as Stefanie Sanders, UF transfer Sam Chung and freshman Kristin Scott all tallied for the Knights.

But then a thunderstorm hit, delaying the second half, and then eventually forcing a cancellation.

By NCAA rules, a soccer match must reach the 70th minute in order to be considered official, and considering the game was stopped at halftime, the entire first 45 minutes got wiped out. The game had to be played over from scratch the next day at 1 p.m.

The Knights would not be denied though, as UCF took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a penalty kick from Zandy Soree. The junior midfielder doubled UCF’s edge in the 70th minute and Stefanie Sanders collected the third goal of the match for the Knights would go on to win the match 3-0 - only this time it counted!

UCF would end up outscoring Florida 6-0 in 135 minutes of action, which made Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak proud of what her team had just accomplished in the last 18 hours.