STORRS, Conn. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF women’s soccer team swept its opening weekend of American Athletic Conference action with a 5-3 win at Connecticut on Sunday afternoon.
The Knights (5-3-1, 2-0 The American) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead over UConn (2-11, 0-4 The American). The Huskies responded to cut UCF’s lead in half, 4-2, going into halftime. UConn pulled within a goal, 4-3, in the 57th minute. Stefanie Sanders recorded the final goal of the contest in the 65th minute for her second hat trick of the season.
Hats Off To Sanders
- For the second time in the span of three games, Stefanie Sanders scored three goals for a hat trick.
- The Hamburg, Germany, native doubled UCF’s lead, collecting a goal kick from the UConn keeper to make it a 3-0 game in the 16th minute.
- The sophomore forward wasted little time after fellow German Dina Orschmann made it a 3-0 game in the 24th minute. Sanders scored 13 seconds later to put the Knights ahead 4-0 in the contest.
- With her marker in the 57th minute, Sanders becomes the sixth Knight to record a pair of hat tricks in a season, joining Laura Dryden (1982), Danielle Thomas (1986), Sandy Carter (1986), Kelly Kochevar (1991, 1994) and Michelle Anderson (2000).
Sunday Success In Storrs
- UCF collected its first victory at Connecticut under head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.
- The five goals marks the most for the Knights in the series history, and is ties the season-high for the Black and Gold in 2018.
- UCF pulled closer to the Huskies in the all-time series. UConn holds a 6-5 advantage.
The Knights return to the UCF Soccer Complex for a pair of American Athletic Conference contests. UCF will host ECU on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. Oct. 7 matchup against Cincinnati.
DON'T MISS OUT
The UCF women's soccer team is set for its sixth season under head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and will welcome five teams from the 2017 NCAA Tournament to the UCF Soccer Complex in 2018. Click here or call (407) 823-1000 for ticket information.
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