The UCF women’s soccer team looked to make one last postseason push Friday night in its last game of the regular season.
The Knights (11-5-1, 6-3-0 American Athletic Conference) were able to get possibly their biggest win of the season against I-4-rival No. 18 USF (13-3-2, 6-2-1 In AAC) on senior night, 3-1, at the UCF Soccer Complex.
The Knights broke a 1-1 halftime knot when junior forward Carol Rodrigues connected with a rebound opportunity and put the ball past the USF keeper for her fifth game-winning goal of the season. Her goal gave the Knights a 2-1 lead.
“It was really just a matter of that getting momentum right at the kick off,” UCF women’s soccer head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. “We believe, and it’s hard to fight the belief we have right now.”
UCF got its final goal of the evening when redshirt sophomore midfielder Kayla Adamek scored her sixth goal of the year on a ball from junior forward Courtney O’Connell.
“I think this game showed the heart of this team and that is what is going to take us into this tournament and into the NCAAs,” senior midfielder Megan Fish said. “We had a few hiccups in the beginning, but we learned from them and regrouped.”
The Knights honored four seniors before the game Friday night. The seniors included Fish, goalkeeper Diana Manis, midfielder Madison Barney and forward Ashley Spivey.
Spivey scored the game’s first goal early in the first half when she received a great pass from Adamek and was able to touch the ball into the back of the net.
“It was great [to score on senior night],” Spivey said. “Everything just literally worked out perfect.”
The Knights finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak and will look forward to competing in the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 3.
Matthew Saunders is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.