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Wisconsin was ranked no. 9 in the nation.

Wisconsin had only allowed more than one goal twice all season and only one goal in its ten previous matches. Wisconsin was undefeated in four matches played at neutral sites.

The no. 21 UCF women's soccer team didn't care about any of this.

They faced off against the Badgers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday and came out on top with a 3-2 victory.

UCF scored early against what had been one of the best defensive teams in the country all year. In the ninth minute, Ashley Spivey took a cross from Tatiana Coleman and headed it in.

Coleman then added goal of her own in the 23rd minute after an assist from Jennifer Martin to put UCF up 2-0.

After having a comfortable early lead, the rest of the game didn't come easy for UCF. Wisconsin was constantly pressuring AAC Goalkeeper of the Year Connie Morgan, and the Badgers were able to get one by her in the 77th minute to cut the lead to 2-1.

After scoring, Wisconsin quickly went on the offensive again and had a shot go just wide in the 81st minute. However, after the ensuing kickoff Coleman found herself on a breakaway and was able to beat the Badgers' keeper from 20 yards out to score a goal and put UCF up 3-1. At the time, the goal looked like it would put the game out of reach.

The goal was Coleman's team leading 14th of the season.

But then, just when the game looked over, Wisconsin showed why they're ranked no. 9 in the nation and didn't go down without a fight. They scored again with less than three minutes left.

But mercifully for UCF this was the final goal of the game and they were able to walk away with a 3-2 win.

Prior to the Wisconsin game, UCF defeated Georgia in the first round of the tournament. The two wins are the first two ever in the NCAA Tournament for UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts-Sahaydak, who is in her second year with the team.

UCF, who has made the tournament every year since 2006, has advanced into the second round seven of the last eight tournaments including this year's. However, they have only pushed through the second round once, when they made it to the Elite Eight in 2011.

This season, a lot of the reason for UCF's success has to be attributed to their defense. They rank in the top ten in the nation in both shutout percentage and goals against average this season.

Offensively the game against Wisconsin was right up UCF's alley. All season their strategy was to have Coleman use her size to control the ball and cross it in to players like Spivey, whose 10 goals on the season are the second most on the team.

They do this until they are able to get Coleman on a breakaway, where a player of her caliber will be able to beat the keeper a good percentage of the time. Coleman was rewarded for her consistency all season by being named Co-Offensive Player of the Year for the American Conference.

UCF has five seniors on this year's squad and they're hoping that the Wisconsin win is one of many more to come.

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