After a 2-0 loss to the Florida Gators on Friday night, the No. 17 UCF women’s soccer team (1-1) bounced back Sunday in a 3-0 victory over the Jacksonville University Dolphins (0-1-1) at home.

Although the game was cut short by 13 minutes due to a lightning storm, the Knights’ offense managed to secure the team’s first win of the 2015 campaign.

UCF struck in the fifth minute when senior Ashley Spivey regained possession of her own blocked shot and was able to place the ball into the right corner of the net, putting her team’s first regular-season goal of the year on the board.

Spivey was able to pressure the defense as she posted five shots on the Jacksonville goalkeeper.

Redshirt sophomore Kayla Adamek also had a great shooting day, netting the final two goals of the game and sealing the victory for UCF. Her second goal was a volley touched just past the Dolphins’ keeper off of a pass from Julia Moore.

“Those are two prominent attacking players for us, and so they are going to get significant time and hopefully continue to make a significant impact,” head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. “It’s always nice for those players to score goals and get points so that their confidence stays high.”

UCF’s young defensive back line proved to be a big factor in the shutdown of Jacksonville’s offense.

The Knights did lose a pivotal part of that back line when one of their most experienced defenders, junior Caroline Bado, left the game due to injury with 28 minutes remaining in the first half. The status of her injury was unknown immediately following the game.

With the injury in the backfield, the Knights looked to fill the void by bringing Emily Tipton, Morgan Ferrara and Madison Barney off the bench.

“It just helps so much with the depth – as you can see – especially on Sunday games. When it’s hot, you have to look to your bench,” Sahaydak said. “We did that today and, absolutely, that helped us win.”

The Knights’ next three games will be on the road, beginning Friday night at FIU.


Matthew Saunders is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.