Women's Soccer to Host No. 14 Florida State

Sept. 6, 2005

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ORLANDO-The UCF women's soccer team will host No. 14 Florida State, Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. The Seminoles come to Orlando with a 4-0-0 record, while the Golden Knights are 2-2-0 on the season.

The Golden Knights hosted the UCF Invitational over Labor Day weekend, taking on Ole Miss Saturday and Buffalo Monday. UCF dropped the opener against the Rebels, 2-0, before the squad defeated the Bulls, 2-1.

Against Ole Miss, junior Roberta Pelarigo had four shots with two shots on goal. Ole Miss scored its first goal in the 40th minute of action. Jennifer Hance sent a free kick to the back of the net past a diving Jennifer Manis. The Rebels then netted their second goal 10 minutes into the second half when Amy Gill dribbled the ball down the field and sent it over Manis' head into the goal.

On day two of the UCF Invitational, the Golden Knights struck early against Buffalo, scoring both goals less than 10 minutes into the match. Hanna Wilde crossed to Pelarigo who netted the first goal, 2:53 in. Three minutes later, Kate McCain passed to Jessica Newport who recorded her second goal of the season.

Buffalo staged a comeback attempt when it scored a goal with 48 seconds to go. Erica Mincher sent the ball to the right lower side for the score.

Sophomore Jennifer Manis started both matches in the net for the Golden Knights. Manis allowed three goals for a 1.5 goals-against average in the two games and two saves.

Roberta Pelarigo paced the offense with one goal, nine shots and five shots on goal, while Jessica Newport had one goal with one shot, one shot on goal and one game-winning goal.

Jennifer Manis has started all four contests in goal for the Golden Knights. Manis has allowed five goals with five saves, one shutout and a 1.25 goals-against-average.

The Golden Knights host UW-Milwaukee, Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. and Loyola College, Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Florida State defeated Jacksonville, 7-0, Thursday night and Mercer, 2-0, Saturday night.

Against Jacksonville, India Trotter and Sel Kuralay recorded two goals each, while Kirsten van de Ven, Alli Ferreri and Toby Ranck each added a goal apiece. In addition to the the two goals, Kuralay also picked up two assists. Ali Mims recorded two saves in the net for the Seminoles with Jessica Vaccaro earning some playing time at the end of the match.

van de Ven picked up her second goal of the season, while Trotter netted her third goal of the weekend as Florida State defeated Mercer.

Leading the way for FSU is sophomore Sel Kuralay. Kuralay paces the team in goals (5), assists (2), points (12), shots (21) and game-winning goals (2). Junior India Trotter is second on the team in points with nine (4 goals, 1 assist). Junior Ali Mims has been solid in the net for the Seminoles thus far. Mims is 4-0-0 with two shutouts, while allowing just one goal. She boasts a 0.24 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage.

This will be the seventh time that UCF and Florida State have met on the soccer field. The Seminoles lead the series, 4-2. The last time that these two teams met was in 2004 in Tallahassee, Fla. with UCF defeating Florida State, 3-2. The teams went into halftime with the Seminoles up, 2-0. Jessalyn Withers, Ali Blagriff and Kendra Flock knocked in the three goals for UCF. Flock's game-winning goal came with less than a minute to play in regulation.

All seven of UCF's goals this season have been scored by newcomers. Junior transfer Roberta Pelarigo started the trend when she netted her first goal against Pepperdine on Aug. 26.

Junior transfer Michelle DeCespedes did one better than Pelarigo when she scored two goals against UC Santa Barbara on Aug. 28. In that same match, sophomore transfer Jessica Newport and freshman Lydia Jones knocked in thier first goals of the season to round out opening weekend.

Both Pelarigo and Newport scored at the UCF Invitational last weekend.

Jennifer Montgomery has already left her mark in the UCF career record books after just three years in the program. She ranks in the top 10 for shots (150), 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).