Knights close weekend with 1-1 tie after 4-1 win Friday
Published: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Updated: Sunday, October 2, 2011 17:10
The No. 25 Knights (7-2-3, 2-1-1) ended Sunday's match against Colorado College in a 1-1 draw through two overtime periods.
Although UCF had more shots on goal (24) than the Tigers (18), the Knights couldn't hold on to an early lead and couldn't break away in extra and overtime.
"We had a one-goal lead late in the game and we should have been able to get that shutout," head coach Amanda Cromwell said in a release. "Colorado College was very good in the counter attack and we just got caught on their goal."
Freshman Emily Grider had UCF's lone goal in the contest.
In a more exciting weekend home match, the Knights used a pre-halftime boost by Stacie Hubbard on Friday to triumph over Conference USA opponent UTEP 4-1, thanks to a pair of long-distance free-kick goals by the senior.
"Getting two goals right before halftime was huge," Cromwell said.
The pair of goals, only 1:29 apart, were scored minutes before halftime, giving the Knights a 2-0 lead at the break. Hubbard's goals before the half provided a big boost for UCF.
"We came out in the second half and took 17 shots," Cromwell said. "That's a lot of shots against a very good team."
In the second half, Nicolette Radovcic and Tishia Jewell both scored at the 80th and 89th minutes, respectively.
The Knights used a persistent offensive attack against the Miners, attempting 26 shots on goal compared to UTEP's 12. UCF also had twice as many corner kicks (10) than UTEP.
"They are very athletic and hard to break down," Cromwell said. "But we came back after they scored on a PK and got two more goals so I'm happy."
The Knights will look to travel to take on C-USA rival Marshall Friday at 7 p.m.
"There are still a lot of conference games left so we're not worried about (our place in the standings right now)," Cromwell said.