It was a bit of a mixed bag this week for the UCF Knights’ Olympic sports, but topping the news once again was Men’s Soccer.
#6 Men’s Soccer knocks off Stetson in 2OT thriller
Fresh off learning of their highest Coaches’ Poll ranking in school history, the Knights faced an old foe, the Stetson Hatters, in their final non-conference game of the regular season.
This ended up being a bit more dramatic than the Knights bargained for, as Stetson led 1-0 at halftime. The Knights fought back on a goal by Hattibou Barry and an own goal by Stetson, but the Hatters forced it to overtime.
That’s when Cal Jennings worked his magic again:
HE'S SO GOOD! Cal wins it off a pair of assists for our 4th straight win! #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/Q1ZNFeNwz3— UCF Men's Soccer (@UCF_MSoccer) October 30, 2019
Jennings’ 40th career tally gave UCF the 3-2 win in another example of the resilience that head coach Scott Calabrese enjoys from his team:
The brothers may have been down, but they were never out #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/tWxQln6KPF— UCF Men's Soccer (@UCF_MSoccer) October 30, 2019
Your stat of the evening:
Since beating Stetson on October 5, 2017 in @CoachCalabrese’s long-delayed (by two storms!) home debut at #UCF, @UCF_MSoccer is 31-5-6.— Jeff Sharon (@Jeff_Sharon) October 30, 2019
31 wins in 42 matches. Unreal. https://t.co/YlxpmtQ6Vk
The Knights have one last critical home game in the regular season on Senior Knight against Memphis, who is just one point behind UCF in The American, on Friday at 7 p.m.
Record: 11-1-2, 4-0-1 in The American (1st place)
Ranking: #6 in United Soccer Coaches, #4 in Top Drawer Soccer
RPI: #4 (up one spot)
Games Left: 2
- 11/1 vs. Memphis (2nd in The American, #22 RPI)
- 11/5 at Cincinnati (6th, #117)
Volleyball sweeps another home weekend
UCF Knights Volleyball went 2-0 this past weekend at home with wins over Houston and Tulane.
The Knights dominated Houston in a sweep in back of 18 kills from McKenna Melville, and then beat Tulane in four thanks to another 14 kills from Melville, plus 11 kills each from Alli Sabol and Anne-Marie Watson.
.@UCF_Volleyball rebounded big time in the fourth set, earning a 3-1 league win over Tulane. The Knights are now winners of seven-straight.— American Volleyball (@American_VBall) October 27, 2019
Highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/5CmDDBnwcC
Todd Dagenais was very happy with his team’s effort against a solid defensive squad in the Green Wave:
7 matches, 7 wins. @UCF_Volleyball head coach Todd Dagenais is happy with all facets of the Knights' win. pic.twitter.com/GDp6jIZHqX— American Volleyball (@American_VBall) October 27, 2019
With that victory, the Knights moved up to #27 in the RPI, still firmly in the thick of it for an NCAA bid with five regular season matches left, plus the conference tournament at home.
Record: 16-6, 9-1 in The American (T-1st place, East Division)
Ranking: Not ranked
RPI: #27 (up seven spots)
Matches Left: 6
- November 1 vs. South Florida (Last place in AAC East, RPI #218)
- November 3 at SMU (2nd AAC West, RPI #54)
- November 8 vs. ECU (T-3rd AAC East, RPI #149)
- November 10 vs. Cincinnati (T-1st AAC East, RPI #33)
- November 14 at Temple (5th AAC East, RPI #99)
- November 16 at UConn (T-3rd AAC East, RPI #237)
Women’s Soccer falters at Cincinnati
Despite a defense that has allowed just two goals in the entire month of October, the Knights have won only one of their last four after a crippling 1-0 loss at Cincinnati Sunday. The offense has struggled at just the wrong times for the Knights, who have scored just one goal in the last four games.
Head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak is staying positive, however:
Positivity is the #ChargeOn⚔ pic.twitter.com/uPo6qg5R8O— UCF Women's Soccer (@UCF_WSoccer) October 27, 2019
With only one game left against conference contender South Florida on Halloween night, UCF is now guaranteed to play in the first round of the conference tournament, and will not have a bye. The Knights now will have to win the conference tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament after the hit their RPI took the last few weeks.
Record: 9-3-4, 4-2-2 in The American (4th place)
RPI: 108th (down 18 spots)
Games Left: 1
- 10/31 vs. South Florida (2nd in The American, RPI #27)