UCF women’s soccer forward Carol Rodrigues topped the Knights’ American Athletic Conference honors with a Co-Offensive Player of the Year Monday. The junior was accompanied by first-team honorees senior Ashley Spivey, redshirt sophomore Kayla Adamek and all-rookie team goalkeeper Vera Varis.
Rodrigues was tied with Spivey for the team lead in goals with 11, but Rodrigues added six assists to lead the team in points with 28 in 18 games. Her bicycle-kick goal against Tulsa Oct. 11 made it all the way to the No. 2 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10.
“I didn’t know how long it would take me to adjust to this level, transitioning from junior college to high-level DI soccer. It’s amazing to already to be recognized like this. I’m so happy and I didn’t expect it,” Rodrigues said in a press release. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates. When we score, everyone helps me. My team is 100 percent a part of it. I couldn’t do it without them.
“I couldn’t start (postseason) better. It won’t change anything. We are going to keep doing what we are doing and do the work, but it’s great news.”
Former Knight Tatiana Coleman earned Offensive Player of the Year award last season.
UCF defeated Temple, 2-1, Tuesday and faces USF tonight in the AAC semifinals.
Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JarrodHeil or email him at JarrodH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.