Let’s catch you up on the Olympic sports, starting with the UCF Knights Men’s Golf team winning one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of college golf.
Men’s Golf Wins Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at Isleworth
UCF’s Men’s Golf team wrecked everyone in the field at Tavistock Collegiate Invitational this week, which is held annually at Isleworth in Orlando. The Knights posted a 20-under mark as a team, 14 shots better than anyone else in the 15-team field, which includes ten in the top 50.
#ChargeOn they did @UCF_Golf wins their first-ever #TavistockCollegiate2019 title by 14! UCF’s Johnny Travale takes home the individual #NCAAGolf pic.twitter.com/X3iFZ2xo0T— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) October 23, 2019
Johnny Travale led the way with a -12, including a 6-under par 66 in the third and final round, one shot better than LSU’s Trey Winstead, earning him individual medalist honors.
The Knights are now #16 in the latest GolfStat rankings:
They're starting to take notice— UCF Golf (@UCF_Golf) October 24, 2019
We're moving on up in the rankings ⬆ #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/6lRngV82Q5
The Knights have won two of the four tournaments they’ve played in this fall, and haven’t finished worse than tied for fifth. They play next at Palm Harbor October 28th and 29th.
Men’s Soccer wins in fourth straight overtime game
Gino Vivi did it again, scoring a golden goal in the 92nd minute and giving the Knights a 2-1 victory at UConn.
This dude's got ice in his veins ❄️— UCF Men's Soccer (@UCF_MSoccer) October 21, 2019
Gino finds the game winner for the second straight match! #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/TDj0DLl35D
The victory was the 300th all-time for UCF’s Men’s Soccer program. UCF also took over first place in the league by virtue of Memphis handing SMU their first loss of the entire season (4-3 in OT) this past week.
Vivi has four goals this season, with two of them giving the Knights OT victories. The Knights have played in four straight OT games, and come away with three wins and a draw. Next up is this year’s War on I-4 matchup with South Florida.
Record: 9-1-2, 3-0-1 in The American (1st place)
Ranking: #8 in United Soccer Coaches, #6 in Top Drawer Soccer
RPI: #5 (down one spot)
Games Left: 4
- 10/26 at South Florida (5th in The American, RPI #45)
- 10/29 vs. Stetson (T-1st in A-Sun, RPI #104)
- 11/1 vs. Memphis (2nd, #23)
- 11/5 at Cincinnati (6th, #102)
Volleyball sweeps western road trip
UCF Volleyball won both matches on its longest road trip of the season, at Wichita State and Tulsa.
Against the Shockers on Friday, UCF got double-digit performances from McKenna Melville, Anne-Marie Watson and Alli Sabol, plus 10 block assists and 10 digs from Lache Harper en route to a four-set win. UCF has now beaten Wichita State twice in a row after the Shockers swept the first two meetings when they went undefeated in their first year in The American in 2017.
Two days later at Tulsa, the Knights broke out the brooms, with Melville and Kristina Fisher posting double-digit kills. Fisher also hit .429.
Harper landed on the conference honor roll for her weekend performances:
Have yourself a weekend, @HarperLache!— UCF Volleyball (@UCF_Volleyball) October 21, 2019
Congrats to our force at the net for being named to the #AmericanVB Honor Roll this week #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/0xIGo6OUF1
The Knights saw their RPI slide five spots even with the two victories, since Tulsa and Wichita have bad RPIs. UCF has eight matches left, with five at home.
Record: 14-6, 7-1 in The American (T-1st place, East Division)
Ranking: Not ranked
RPI: #34 (down five spots)
Matches Left: 8
Women’s Soccer posts two scoreless draws at home
It was a less-than-optimal week for UCF Women’s Soccer, as the Knights posted scoreless draws against Temple on Thursday and UConn on Sunday at a very inopportune time.
Temple is RPI #211 and UConn is #123, which means UCF’s RPI dropped 23 spots, from a #67 all the way down to #90.
While the defense was obviously stout, the lack of scoring has become a real problem fr the Knights, as head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak discussed following the UConn game:
Talkin' defense with @trsahaydak after our 7️⃣th clean sheet of the season #ChargeOn | #BestIsOurStandard pic.twitter.com/500mfsQTnJ— UCF Women's Soccer (@UCF_WSoccer) October 20, 2019
Don’t let the standings fool you: With three games left, even winning out will likely not be enough to get the Knights an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, meaning they’d likely have to win the American Soccer Championship outright to secure a bid.
Record: 8-2-4, 3-1-2 in The American (4th)
Ranking: Receiving votes in United Soccer Coaches, considered in Top Drawer Soccer
Games Left: 3
- 10/24 at ECU (5th in The American, RPI #179)
- 10/27 at Cincinnati (3rd, #145)
- 10/31 vs. South Florida (2nd, RPI #29)