No. 27 UCF Women's Soccer to Host UCF Invitational

Sept. 2, 2005

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THIS WEEK FOR UCF The UCF women's soccer team will host the 2005 UCF Invitational Labor Day weekend. Buffalo and Jacksonville will open the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. with UCF and Mississippi following at 7. On Monday, Kent State and Ole Miss will face off at 11 a.m. with the Golden Knights and Buffalo squaring off at 1:30 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT FOR UCF The Golden Knights opened the 2005 season last weekend in California where the team went 1-1-0 after losing to Pepperdine, 2-1, and defeating UC Santa Barbara, 4-0. Against Pepperdine, junior Roberta Pelarigo scored her first career goal at UCF in the 65th minute of play. Sophomore Jessica Newport and junior Shannon Wing picked the assist on the goal. The Waves struck first in the match with goals at the 18:08 and 21:32 marks. That was all Pepperdine would need to secure the victory over the Golden Knights. At UC Santa Barbara, junior Michelle DeCespedes netted two goals for UCF with Pelarigo picking up an assist on the first. Freshman Lydia Jones picked up her first goal as a Golden Knight in the 39th minute with junior Jessalyn Withers earning the assist. In the second half, Newport recorded her first goal of the season. Junior Kristin Bilby sent a shot that ricocheted off the cross bar with Newport following it up with the header. Ten minutes later, DeCespedes netted her second goal of the afternoon. Sophomore Jennifer Manis started both games in the net for the Golden Knights. Manis allowed two goals for a 1.0 goals-against average in the two games, three saves and one shut-out.

TEAM LEADERS FOR UCF Michelle DeCespedes paces UCF with four points, two goals and one game-winning goal, while Jessica Newport has one goal and one assist for three points. Senior Jennifer Montgomery leads the team in shots with six.

UP NEXT FOR UCF The No. 27 UCF Golden Knights host No. 20 Florida State Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. The teams last met in 2004 in Tallahassee, Fla. with UCF walking away with the 3-2 victory over the then ranked No. 12 Seminoles.

SCOUTING OLE MISS Ole Miss comes to Orlando with a 2-0-0 record after defeating Tennessee Tech, 2-1, and Iowa State, 2-0, during its opening weekend. Ole Miss opens the UCF Invitational against the Golden Knights Saturday evening at seven. Leading the way for the Rebels are freshman Amanda Verkin and sophomore Chrissy Strini. Verkin and Strini both have two goals on the season, while Strini also picked up an assist. Verkin was named Southeast Conference Freshman of the Week after her two goals. The Rebels are a young team with two seniors, four juniors, seven sophomores and 10 freshmen.

SERIES NOTE This will be the first time that UCF and Ole Miss have met on the soccer field.

SCOUTING BUFFALO Buffalo comes to Orlando with a 1-1-0 record after defeating Army, 3-2, and falling to Lehigh, 2-0, during its opening weekend. The Bulls open the UCF Invitational against Jacksonville Saturday afternoon at four. Leading the way for Buffalo is freshman Brooke McCalla. McCalla has three points after scoring one goal and earning an assist. She also has six shots on the season. Anna-Lesa Calvert has started both games for the Bulls in the net. Calvert currenlty has a 1.86 goals-against average with 12 saves, while allowing four goals. She reached a milestone in the Army game where Calvert recorded her 250th career save.

SERIES NOTE This will be the first time that UCF and Buffalo have met on the soccer field.

MOVIN' ON UP With opening weekend behind most NCAA Division I women's soccer teams, Soccer Buzz announced their national poll for week one. UCF moved up one to the No. 27 spot from the preseason poll. Joining UCF in the move up are Golden Knight opponents No. 20 Florida State (previously no ranking), No. 18 Pepperdine (previously no ranking) and No. 12 Florida (previously 15). In the Southeast Region poll, UCF and Florida Atlantic continued to occupy the No. 6 and No. 13 spots, respectively, while Florida moved up from three to two and Florida State from nine to five. UAB fell in the standings from 10 to 15.

NEWCOMER POWER All five of UCF's goals have been scored by newcomers in the first two matches of the 2005 season. Junior transfer Roberta Pelarigo started the trend when she netted her first goal against Pepperdine last Friday. Junior transfer Michelle DeCespedes did one better than Pelarigo when she scored two goals against UC Santa Barbara. In that same game, sophomore transfer Jessica Newport and freshman Lydia Jones knocked in thier first goals of the season to round out the newcomer weekend.

SETTING RECORDS Jennifer Montgomery has already left her mark in the UCF career record books after just three years. She ranks in the top 10 for shots (147), goals (34), total points (88) and game-winning goals (7), while Courtney Baines is ranked ninth for career assists (24). Both Julie Snaman and Beth Harless are listed in the record books. Snaman is sixth in saves (111), third in goals against average (0.73) and seventh in shutouts (17.0), while Harless is second in goals against average (0.61) and eighth in shutouts (3.0). Montgomery is also ranked in several categories for season records. She leads the way for total points (46), is second for goals (17), fourth for assists (12) and eighth for game-winning goals (4).