After a successful regular season, the No. 19 UCF women's soccer team's run for the American Athletic Conference championship came to an end. The Knights fell to the No. 4 UConn Huskies, for the second time this season, 1-0 in the American Athletic Conference Championship semifinals. The Huskies were the only squad to trump the Knights this season.
"Honestly, we got better as the game went on," UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said in a statement. "I felt like with every moment we got better and better, and we ran out of time. We just have to move on. We did improve from the last time we lost against them because in the first game, we never regained our composure."
Despite routing SMU 4-0 at home to advance to the semifinal game, the Knights hoped to enter Friday night's match with plenty of momentum. The outcome, however, wasn't what they'd expected.
Knights forward Tatiana Coleman, who's received multiple AAC honors for offensive player of the year this season, failed to score during Friday's loss. The Knights' striker found the back of the net 12 times in 20 appearances during the regular season, while also boasting nine assists.
The Huskies out shot the Knights 10-7, with seven of those shots coming from the second half. UCF goalkeeper Connie Organ provided three saves, but it was UConn forward Rachel Hill's strike in the opening minutes of the game that proved to be the difference.
UCF's season may not be over yet, though. The Knights will learn their fate in the NCAA tournament on Monday at 4:30 p.m. when the Selection Show airs on ncaa.com. If the team is selected into the tournament, it will be its eighth consecutive appearance in the Big Dance.