Men's Soccer Defeats Central Conn. to Take UCF Kickoff Classic Title


Sept. 4, 2005

Final Stats

ORLANDO - A true team effort, including scoring from four different players, earned UCF men's soccer team a 4-1 win over Central Connecticut in the final day of play at the UCF Kickoff Classic on Sunday. The win gave the Golden Knights the tournament title as they were the only team to go undefeated.

UCF (2-0) took an early lead in the 21st minute on freshman Mike Mattson's first collegiate goal with assists from Rodrigo Shadeck and Rafael Teixeira.

Senior goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh preserved the Knights' lead in the 47th minute. He made a leaping save to block away CCSU (1-1) forward Alex Harrison's penalty kick, which was sailing high to the left side.

Just 37 seconds into the second half, senior Jon Imran increased UCF's advantage to 2-0 when he headed the ball past Blue Devil keeper John Ciano. The goal was assisted by senior captain Billy Judino.

Sophomore Adham Rashwan got his second goal - unassisted - in as many matches in the 62nd minute before his brother Islam Rashwan connected on a corner kick from freshman Tyler Davis 15 minutes later for 4-0 lead for UCF.

Juan Talin spoiled the Golden Knights' bid for a second consecutive shutout with just under seven minutes remaining on the clock. He scored with an assist to Peter Howe.

UCF boasted a 19-9 margin in shots, while CCSU had a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks. McIntosh made six saves, while Ciano had three saves.

In the later match, Lafayette's Thomas Harju converted a penalty kick with five minutes remaining in the second extra session as the Leopards (1-1) battled Stetson (0-2) to a 4-3 double overtime win.

The Golden Knights return to action on Sept. 13 when they host Stetson for a 7 p.m. match-up.