Memphis, Tn. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF men’s soccer team turned up the heat on a chilly Memphis evening scoring two goals in the first eight minutes of play, which would be enough for the Knights 11th win of the season.
The Knights improve to 11-2-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the American Athletic Conference in the 2-1 victory, while Memphis drops to 7-5-4 overall and 2-3-1 in conference play.
Yannik Oettl received his 15th consecutive start between the posts and collected his 11th win of the season. Oettl recorded a season-high eight saves in the win.
- UCF | 01:57 | The ball was deflected off a Memphis defender and over the keeper for the first goal of the match.
- UCF | 07:23 | Sorokin collected the ball off a failed clearance by Memphis and beat the keeper right for his third goal of the season.
- MEM | 65:15 | Alexandros Ierides found Chris Mikus streaking into the 18-yard box, who poked it into the right side of the net.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- At the end of the first half, the Knights outshot the Tigers, 11-3 and held Memphis to just one shot on goal at the break. In the final stats, UCF held the advantage in shots, 18-13.
- Jennings has scored in 10 of 14 games he has played in this season.
- UCF grabbed their 11th win of the season, which is the most wins they have had in a season since 2011 when they won 12.
- This is head coach Scott Calabrese’s second season in his career with at least 11 wins as a head coach. He has had five seasons with at least 10 wins prior to 2018.
- UCF is the best men’s soccer team in the state of Florida and the only team in the state with 11 wins amongst Division I programs.
- The Knights have clinched a spot in The American conference championship, which is set to begin on Nov. 6. UCF, UConn, Memphis, USF, SMU, and Temple will all battle it out in the tournament.
- The Black and Gold are unbeaten in their last seven matches. They are 6-0-1 in those matches and have not lost since Sept. 21.
The Knights head back to Orlando for their final home match of the regular season against Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, UCF will be honoring their 10 seniors.
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