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Top 100 Greatest UCF Female Athletes: #70-61

The rankings continue with current and former UCF Softball athletes

A lot has changed since the world emerged from the COVID-19 lockdowns, which was the last time we ranked the Top 100 Female Athletes in UCF history.

In just three years, many legends cemented their status in her final few seasons, while others were born, and for a few athletes, their stories have been rediscovered.

With UCF getting ready for its first year as a member of the Big 12, it’s once again time to count down the Top 100 female UCF Knights athletes of all time.

Criteria used to create this list include:

  • A player’s impact on their respective sport and on the school
  • Accomplishments they had after their UCF career
  • Accolades they have received. For example, if an athlete has been inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame, they are automatically on the list.

We made sure to include at least one athlete from every UCF sport.

Now, let’s continue the countdown:

#70 - Kennedy Searcy (Softball)

Kennedy Searcy
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Kennedy Searcy is one of seven Knights players to be a first-team All-AAC performer 2 times (22-23) or more. Searcy is the fourth Knight in program history to make the an all-conference First Team in at least two different positions, joining Jada Cody, Cassady Brewer and Natalie Land. Searcy accomplished these feats while overcoming a serious injury that caused her to miss most of 2nd half of the 2021 season.

Searcy has been part of three UCF NCAA Tournament teams (2021-2023) and two AAC Conference championships (2022-2023).

Entering 2024, Searcy is a career .306 hitter who ranks in the top ten in program history in career on-base pct (.398), slugging pct (.432) and triples (7).

#69 - Piper Morgan (Volleyball)

Piper Morgan # 15 pictured here with 2001 A-SUN Championship team
Tanya Starrett

Nicknamed the “Tower of Terror,” Morgan was part of two regular season ASUN Championships (1999 and 2001) as well as the 2001 A-Sun Tournament Champions.

Morgan was a three-time First Team All-ASUN performer (1999-2001) and had 1,103 kills along with 75 solo blocks, ranking fifth all-time. Morgan also ranks fifth in career block assists (364) and career total blocks (439) and sixth in career blocks per set (1.15) in UCF history.

#68- Kama Woodall (Softball)

Part of a one-two punch in the circle with Gianna Mancha in 2022, Woodall had a significant one year at UCF, going 18-5 with a 1.98 ERA. Woodall was a starter and a reliever for the Knights’ two wins at Wichita State to win the AAC regular season championship. She would also get the win as the starter in the AAC Championship game against South Florida in her old stomping grounds at East Carolina.

However, Woodall’s greatest game as a Knight came in the 2022 Orlando Regional winner’s bracket game against Michigan, where she went 11 innings, throwing 181 pitches and striking out a career-high 10 Wolverines, to lead the Knights to a 3-2 win. Woodall would close out the program’s first regional title win over Michigan the following day in relief.

#67 - Julie Poulsen (Rowing)

Julie Poulsen was part of UCF Rowing success in American as Poulsen was part of winning 3 AAC Championships (2017-2019)
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Poulsen was named a CRCA All-American twice (‘18 & ‘19), just the second UCF rower in program history to do that. She was also an All-American nominee for the 2020 season, though due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling many rowing events in 2020, including the NCAA Championships, no All-Americans were officially named.

Poulsen is also a three-time All-AAC performer (2018, 2019 and 2021), helped the Knights win three AAC Championships (‘17-’19) and was presented with UCF’s Order of Pegasus Award, the university’s highest student honor, in 2021.

Nowadays, she is a physical trainer in her native Denmark and has continued rowing with the Danish Women’s National team.

T-#66 - Chloe Evans (Softball)

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In her first season as a Knight. Chloe Evans had one the greatest seasons any Knight outfielder has ever had en route to an All-AAC Second Team selection.

  • Led UCF with 49 RBIs which is fourth-most ever at UCF in a season, behind only UCF Athletic Hall of Famer Stephanie Best (60 in 2005 and 66 in 2003), and Jada Cody (75 in 2022).
  • She had eight triples which are tied for most in a season at UCF, tying Tiffany Lane’s mark from 2009.
  • Her 16 Doubles are tied for second-most ever by a Knight behind only her teammate Aubrey Evans’ 18.
  • Her .624 slugging pct is the sixth-highest in program history, with only Best (2002-2005), and Cody (2022) having better seasons. Chloe is only the fifth Knight to slug .600.
  • Evans’ 17-game hitting streak is the longest in program history.
  • Her 116 total bases are the sixth-most in a single season at UCF.
  • Her seven assists set a program record for most assists by OF in a season, breaking Vanessa Perez’s record of six which she did twice (2009, 2011).

T-#66 - Sarah Willis (Softball)

Willis went 19-3 on the season, including 4-1 in the postseason. She also made history, throwing the first-ever seven-inning perfect game in program history against Houston on April 28.

Willis was unanimously selected as the AAC Pitcher of the Year award, joining Shelby Turnier (2015) as the only Knights to win that award and the third Knight to win a conference Pitcher of the Year award (Mackenzie Audas won it in CUSA in 2012). She was also named to the NFCA’s All-Region First Team.

Willis would also win AAC Tournament MVP, going 3-0 and joining Allison Kime (2008) as the only Knights to go 3-0 in three days in a single elimination tournament.

#65- Darya Rajaee (Soccer)

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Hailing from Gainesville, Rajaee was a two-time first-team All-AAC performer and two-time All-Region selection in the midfield that helped the Knights win the AAC Regular season title in 2022, its first since 2017.

She was also named the AAC’s Midfielder of the Year award in 2021, the first to do so since Kayala Adamek in 2017.

Rajaee played 5,089 minutes over her career, getting five goals and nine assists. However, all of that culminated in the Knights’ 2022 NCAA Tournament match against NC State, in which Rajaee scored her first and only goal of the season in the 72nd minute to tie the match and it was her penalty kick that sent UCF to its first NCAA Tournament second round appearance since 2014.

As of this ranking, Rajaee has continued her soccer career abroad, playing for the Frauen-Bundesliga’s Turbine Potsdam.

T-#64 - Cassady Brewer (Softball)

Cassady Brewer was AAC Rookie of the Year in 2016 and a three-time First Team All-AAC Conference selection and a two-time All-Region player.

Brewer was part of UCF’s 2016 NCAA Tournament team and threw out 31% of base runners as a catcher during her UCF career and threw out a program record 17 base runners in 2018.

For her career, she ranks tied for seventh in program history in batting average (.316), sixth in slugging percentage (.479), second in on-base percentage (.437), fifth in doubles (41), ninth in RBIs (106) and second in walks (121).

T-#64- Abby McClain (Softball)

Abby McClain played softball at UCF from 2008-2011 Abby McClain
Abby McClain

Abby McClain was one of the most versatile softball players in program history. She was a two-time All-CUSA 2nd team selection (2009 & 2010) and was part of UCF’s 2010 CUSA Championship All-Tournament team.

McClain was part of the Knights’ CUSA Championship and NCAA Tournament regional final coming within 1 game away from the super regional in 2008 and was also part of UCF’s 2010 NCAA Tournament team.

McClain ranks tied for eighth in career homers (17) and tied for ninth in career doubles (36). Her 16-double 2009 season also ranks tied for the second-most single-season doubles in UCF history. She also threw out 15 base runners trying to steal in 2010, which is second-most by a UCF catcher in a single season in program history.

McClain is the only UCF player to have ever started behind the plate, in the infield and in the outfield. In her career, she started at catcher, 2nd base, 1st base, Left and Center Field. After UCF, McClain played for the United States Women’s National Baseball team in 2011.

#63 - Asherah Collins (Track and Field)

The UCF Track and Field team has seen a lot of success for sprinters, but jumper Asherah Collins has led the way for a new era of field athletes for the program.

She made an impression to start by setting new freshman records in the indoor and outdoor triple jump events.

She has helped the Knights sweep both the indoor and outdoor AAC titles for back-to-back seasons thanks to winning three gold, one silver and one bronze medals.

When she advanced to the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship with Rayniah Jones, Collins was the first UCF field athlete to make it since 2016, the first jumper to make it since 2014 and only the second-ever UCF athlete to make it in the triple jump, the other being Dione Thomas in 2009.

Collins has been to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships three times in her career thus far, making her the first UCF field athlete since Sonnisha Williams to make NCAA Track and Field Championships (indoor or outdoor) that many times. She earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in her first two appearances, but in 2023 she made a 13.48-meter jump that got her 10th-place overall and a Second-Team All-American selection. While she already had the UCF program triple jump record at that point, she beat her own previous record by 18 centimeters.

She ranks tied for second in program history in the indoor long jump (6.21-meter PB), second in program history in the indoor triple jump (13.15-meter PB) and fifth in program history in the outdoor long jump (6.34-meter PB).

#62 - Aisha Patrick (Basketball)

Aisha Patrick finished her outstanding career ranked in the top ten in many of UCF’s career categories including steals (T-1st - 284), points (10th - 1,189), assists (fifth - 357), rebounds (fifth - 819), double-doubles (sixth - 15) and free throws made (seventh - 267). Patrick is the only player in Knights history to record 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 300 assists over a career. She was named to All-Conference USA First Team in 2012 and was part of two CUSA Championships and trips to the NCAA Tournament (2009, 2011).

Patrick was the head coach at Cocoa High School for six seasons, where she won three district championships and made a state semifinal appearance in 2020. In 2023, Patrick became the new Head Coach of New Smyrna Beach High School.

#61 - Morgan Ferrara (Soccer)

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Ferrara played three seasons (2015-2017) winning AAC Offensive Player of the Year and getting selected to the All-Southeast Region Team in 2017. She was also a two-time All-AAC Conference performer. Her six winning goals in 2017 are tied for the second-most in a single season in program history.

Ferrara scored 21 goals in her Knights career and helped lead UCF to the AAC Championship in 2017 and a national seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Ferrera is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in kinesiology at the University of Houston.