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Top 25 UCF Games of 2018-2019: #8 - UCF Men’s Soccer’s Dramatic 2OT Win in AAC Semifinal

Knights cap off phenomenal comeback on home pitch with golden goal

Photo: Derek Warden

The #7 UCF Knights Men’s Soccer program hosted the American Men’s Soccer Championship for the first time in program history after winning the regular season championship. The Knights would get a bye into semifinal where they would host the 4th-seeded UConn Huskies.

UCF dug themselves a 2-0 at halftime. But they would respond quickly early in the second half as Yoni Sorokin scored in the 49th minute to get the Knights on the board.

The Knights would continue the pressure until, with 8 minutes left in regulation, All-American Cal Jennings would tie it up at 2.

The match would go into overtime and than into double overtime before Max Stiegwardt netted the game-winning goal, and his first of the season, in the 110th minute off a free kick to propel the Knights to victory.

UCF’s win was the 13th of the season, which would be the most wins UCF have had since 1998. Stiegwardt would talk about his magical goal and the comeback with ADN’s Hali Oughton.

The Knights were understandably excited about pulling off the comeback win.

UCF would advance to the Championship game where they would lose on penalty kicks to SMU. The Knights would end up hosting in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Lipscomb in the 2nd round.