ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – You could hear the roar from the crowd from the other side of CFE Arena as Hattabiou Barry fired a shot from inside the 18-yard box for the Knights second goal of the evening in the 90th minute to secure a 2-0 victory over SMU.
In a packed UCF Soccer Complex, the Knights grabbed their first American Athletic Conference win of the season in a chippy 90-minute showdown with the Mustangs.
The Black and Gold were out for revenge after the pair of losses to the Mustangs last season as Cal Jennings and Barry each produced a goal for the Knights plunging them into their conference home opener win.
The Knights (6-2-1) even out their conference record at 1-1, while SMU drops to 4-4-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
UCF controlled the ball for most of the match recording 18 shots compared to SMU’s 10. The Knights also racked up 10 shots on goal and five corners.
UCF | 22:20 | Yoni Sorokin sent in a corner from the far side straight to Louis Perez whose initial shot went off the crossbar. Jennings picked up the rebound and tapped it in for his 10th goal of the season.
UCF | 89:90 | From the far side, Walker Dawkins sent a ball to Jennings who was waiting on the far side of the 18-yard box. Jennings immediately passed it to Barry who came streaking down the middle of the field firing a shot to the back of the net.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Gideon Adu-Peprah received his first collegiate start Friday night. He finished with 90 minutes.
- The UCF defense didn’t allow a shot in the first half. SMU didn’t get a shot until the 60th minute. They finished with 10 in total.
- Head coach Scott Calabrese reached 99 wins with the shutout Friday.
- Yannik Oettl recorded his second shutout of the season. He improves to 6-2-1 after tallying four saves.
- Sorokin paces the Knights in assists with four after recording another one Friday evening.
- With the pair of goals tonight from UCF, the Knights lead The American with 18 total goals on the season.
- 42 total fouls were called in the match with SMU committing 25 fouls.
The Knights are back in action at the UCF Soccer Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 2 taking on Jacksonville at 7 p.m. The first 75 students will receive a free UCF Soccer scarf.
Season tickets for the 2018 campaign are on sale now. Fans looking to purchase tickets can call (407) 823-1000 or visit UCFKnights.com to secure them today. For men's soccer tickets CLICK HERE.
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