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After having been nine seconds away from going into overtime, about to take a penalty kick with a chance to win its first game of the season, UCF is glad to have Romario Williams.

That was the situation on Friday night in UCF's home opener, after it lost its first two games of the season at Portland and at Oregon State without scoring a goal in either. Last season, as a sophomore, Williams made all three penalty shots he attempted.

He scored just one goal his freshman year, but last season that number was up to 10, which led not just all UCF players, but also all players in the American Athletic Conference. He was also third in points in the AAC, with 22.

At the end of the year, Williams' stellar season earned him notice from around the country. The Portsmouth, Jamaica native won the American's Offensive Player of the Year award and was named to the All-AAC First Team.

On top of all that, at the end of the season he was one of 30 players in college soccer nominated for the Soccer News Net College Boot Award, which recognizes the best player in the nation.

With this in mind, it is safe to say that Friday night, other UCF players, including sophomore midfielder Javier Clavijo, were confident in Williams' ability to give UCF the win.

"Romario knew what had to be done and the weight that the PK was carrying," Clavijo said. "I knew that he's definitely more than capable of stepping up and completing something of that magnitude."

Before the 2014 campaign, the accolades continued to come for Williams. He was one of 32 players named to the 2014 Hermann Trophy watch list. The Hermann Trophy is the highest individual honor a player can achieve in college soccer. It's similar to football's Heisman Trophy.

Then, in the first preseason game of the year, Williams scored a hat trick against Jacksonville to give UCF the 3-0 win. He followed that in the second and final preseason game by contributing two more goals to UCF's 7-0 blowout of Tampa.

However, once the regular season started, the scoring stopped for the Knights. In their first two games of the year, both played in Oregon, they lost 1-0. In both games they played a man down for a combined 100 minutes.

So when they had gone 89 minutes against FAU in the season opener still without scoring, and Williams came to the ball with a chance to end that and give UCF the win, the pressure was through the roof.

"We have numerous attacking players that can get the job done," Williams said. "We have players who can get the ball in the back of the net, so to see [the goal against FAU] go in was a very good feeling, knowing that we haven't scored a goal since our preseason games."

And go in it did. Williams took the ball to the upper left corner of the net, saw it go in and celebrated with his teammates for what he hopes is the first of many times this season.

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