It was a huge week for the UCF Knights on the pitch, as both the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams picked up non-conference wins, while Volleyball picked up a key top-25 win, but should have had two.
Women’s Soccer explodes for 9 goals in two games
UCF Women’s Soccer blew the doors off both Arizona State and Stetson over the weekend, scoring 4 and 5 goals respectively in their games.
Zandy Soree scored one against the Sun Devils and two against the Hatters (both on PKs), and Kristen Scott had one in each. UCF fired 35 shots after halftime of the ASU game.
15' | GOALLLL! Soree breaks the tie with a second PK chance!!— UCF Women's Soccer (@UCF_WSoccer) September 15, 2019
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Head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said her team is coalescing this season after an uneven start:
It's all about that confidence #ChargeOn ⚔ #BestIsOurStandard pic.twitter.com/tSFntiYTiX— UCF Women's Soccer (@UCF_WSoccer) September 16, 2019
Polls: Receiving votes in United Soccer Coaches’ Poll
Next up: The Knights head out to California for non-conference match-ups with (RV) Long Beach State (Thursday, 10 p.m. ET) and UC-Irvine (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET).
Volleyball beats #14 Illinois, nearly scores a clean sweep
UCF Volleyball had a key weekend tournament at Illinois State against two top-15 teams. It started on Friday with a match against #7 Marquette.
UCF forced the Golden Eagles past 25 in the first two sets but lost both (27-25, 29-27) before coming back to send the match to a fifth set. The Knights had match point up 14-10, but then Marquette miraculously roared back to steal the match from under the Knights’ noses, 16-14.
After that heartbreak, the Knights had to face 2018 national semifinalist and #14 Illinois the following morning, and bounced back for a four-set victory. McKenna Melville racked up 21 kills and the Knights held the Illini to .185 for the match.
Credit to our team and my staff for having the ability to forget the past few hours, move on, and get @UCF_Volleyball ready to take down a defending NCAA Final Four team. @UCFKnights finish strong and Charge On !— Todd Dagenais (@ucfvbtodd) September 14, 2019
Later that afternoon, UCF faced the host Illinois State Redbirds, who are picked to finish second in the MVC this year. Again, it went to five sets, but the Redbirds pulled it out 15-10 in the final frame. Melville, Kristina Fisher and Anne-Marie Watson all finished with double-digit kills.
Polls: Receiving votes in AVCA Coaches’ Poll
Next up: The Knights (RV) are back home for the Sunshine Classic, facing three in-state squads: FGCU (Friday, 7 p.m.), Miami (Saturday, 11 a.m.), and FAU (Saturday, 7 p.m.).
Jennings scores again for #15 Men’s Soccer
UCF Men’s Soccer took care of business on the home pitch against VCU with a convincing 2-0 win on Friday night.
Once again, it was Cal Jennings leading the way with a goal (his 4th) and an assist to give the Knights a victory over this year’s Atlantic 10 Conference favorite.
We had to sort through 22 shots, but we found the top 5 plays from yesterday's win over VCU ⚔️ #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/TAfgtgRsyH— UCF Men's Soccer (@UCF_MSoccer) September 14, 2019
Afterwards, they celebrated their conference regular season title from last year on Saturday:
We got a really big team, and we got some really nice rings #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/sxPmcQRyQv— UCF Men's Soccer (@UCF_MSoccer) September 14, 2019
One last time with the 2018 championship squad #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/d9a0HKqnFl— UCF Men's Soccer (@UCF_MSoccer) September 14, 2019
Polls: 16th in United Soccer Coaches (down 1 spot), 17th in Top Drawer Soccer (up 2 spots)
Next up: UCF faces FGCU in Fort Myers (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) and returns home for South Carolina (Sunday, 6 p.m.) in the final week before conference play.