ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – Eight goals from four different Knights made it a fun evening for UCF as they took down Jacksonville, 8-1 Tuesday at the UCF Soccer Complex.
Head Coach Scott Calabrese snagged his 100th career victory as a head coach with the win.
The 25 points from UCF places the match in the UCF record books as one of the best games in UCF men’s soccer program history.
UCF outshot Jacksonville, 28-4, while also holding the advantage in corners with seven compared to the Dolphins’ three.
- UCF | 12:06 | Jennings jump started the offense netting the first goal of the evening with the assistance of Gideon Adu-Peprah who chipped a ball into the six-yard box to find Jennings diving forward for the header.
- UCF | 28: 44| It was Dawkins and Jennings connecting on another UCF goal. Jennings put on the moves and tapped the ball over to Dawkins in front of the goal who managed to get a foot on it and drove it in for his first goal of the night.
- UCF | 30:13 | Mauricio Villalobos Vega had plenty of room on the near side in Dolphins territory. Jennings separated himself enough from Jacksonville defenders and Villalobos was able to sneak a perfect pass in to Jennings for his 12th goal of the season.
- UCF | 40:11 | For the second time this season, Oettl picked up an assist after launching a goal kick to a sprinting Dawkins who fired in an easy shot from just inside the 18-yard box for his second goal of the evening.
- UCF | 44:31 | Off a set piece from Yoni Sorokin, Zachary Waitman headed the ball to Amon who came dashing from outside the 18 to blast a laser into the upper left corner of the Dolphins net for his first career goal.
- UCF | 51:31 | Dawkins was racing down the far side with the ball when he sent it in to Amon who executed a perfect one touch off his chest to himself followed by a bicycle kick that the Jacksonville defense didn’t see coming for his second goal of the match.
- UCF | 69:15 | Campbell notched the first goal of his career of a penalty kick after the Dolphins committed a hand ball inside the 18-yard box.
- UCF | 71:23 | Campbell wasted no time grabbing his second goal with the help of Ricardo Oliveros who sent in the ball that was initially blocked but Campbell picked up the rebound and fired in the Knights’ eighth and final goal.
- JU | 88:13 | Connar Lufkin picked up his first goal of the season thanks to a prime pass from Alex Salvador.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Four newcomers got the start against the Dolphins: Adu-Peprah, Villalobos Vega, Andres Hernandez Betancur, and Yanis Leerman.
- The five goals the Knights scored in the first half is the most they have scored in a half in at least 20 years.
- The last time UCF has scored eight goals in one game was Oct. 30, 1998 against Belmont when UCF went on to win, 8-2. The eight goals is tied for third most in program history.
- The nine assists from UCF Tuesday is tied for second most in program history. The Black and Gold also recorded nine assists against Long Island in 1998.
- The Knights did not allow a shot until the 47th minute. UCF held Jacksonville to just four total shots.
- UCF scored on 80-percent of their shots on goal (8/10).
- The 28 shots taken by the Knights against the Dolphins is a season high and is the fifth most in program history.
- Villalobos Vega and Adu-Peprah each notched their first career points with assists to Jennings in the 13th and 31st minutes.
- 22 different Knights recorded minutes in Tuesday’s match.
- Jack McCloskey, Gregorio Ibanez, and Thomas Ness each registered their first minutes of the season. McCloskey finished with 16, while Ibanez ended with 15, and Ness recorded 26.
The Knights hit the road to Tulsa for a conference matchup with the Hurricane on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7p.m.
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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