Women's Soccer to Host UW-Milwaukee and Loyola College

Sept. 8, 2005

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ORLANDO, Fla.-The UCF women's soccer team will host Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., and Loyola College, Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. The Panthers come to town with a 1-1-2 season mark, while the Greyhounds hold a 2-2 record. The Golden Knights open the weekend with a 2-3 record.

The Golden Knights were defeated by No. 12 Florida State Wednesday night, 3-0. Sel Kuralay scored two goals for the Seminoles as UCF fell to 2-3 on the season and Florida State improved to 5-0.

Kuralay recorded her first goal at the 7:08 mark. Kirsten van de Ven headed the ball to Kuralay who sent it into the net.

The teams went into halftime with the Seminoles up, 1-0. Florida State outshot UCF, 10-2, in the first half, while holding a slight edge in corner kicks (4-3). UCF's Jennifer Manis and Florida State's Ali Mims each had four saves in the first 45 minutes of action.

In the second half of the match, Florida State's India Trotter scored the goal No. 2 for the Seminoles. Mami Yamaguchi passed the ball to Kuralay who then fed it to Trotter for the score in the 50th minute.

Less than four minutes later, Kuralay recorded her second goal of the evening when Trotter sent a pass her way.

At the end of the game, Florida State had 18 shots to UCF's seven, while both teams had six corner kicks and four saves.

Roberta Pelarigo and Jessica Newport lead the team in points with five after each recording two goals and one assist. Pelarigo also paces the offense with 14 shots.

Jennifer Manis has started all five contests in goal for the Golden Knights. Manis has allowed eight goals with nine saves, one shutout and a 1.60 goals-against-average.

The Golden Knights host No. 8 Florida Sunday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee took Marquette to 0-0 tie Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

Leading the Panthers was freshman Sarah Teegarden who had two shots on the night. Milwaukee's goalkeeper, freshman Erin Kane, had four saves in the match, three of which came in the second half.

Marquette outshot Milwaukee, 17-8, while the two teams both took two corner kicks each.

The match was the second 0-0 tie for the Panthers thus far into the season. On Aug. 28, Milwaukee held No. 13 Illinois to a 0-0 tie.

Leading the way for Milwaukee are freshmen Jodi Klagos and Bailey Briggs. Klagos and Briggs both have three points on the season (1 goal, 1 assist). Freshman goalkeeper Erin Kane has allowed three goals in 400 minutes of action for a goals-against-average of 0.68. Kane has also recorded 19 saves with two shutouts.

This will be the third time that UCF and UW-Milwaukee have met on the soccer field. The Panthers lead the series, 2-0. The last time that these two teams met was in 1998 with Milwaukee defeating UCF, 1-0.

Loyola College defeated Georgetown, 3-1, Monday, Sept. 5 in Baltimore, Md.

The Greyhounds were led by junior Carolyn Kennington, who scored two goals on five shots. Senior Naomi Daniels tallied the third goal of the afternoon.

Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Piccirilli allowed one goal with four saves.

Ty Glenn leads the Greyhounds with eight points (2 goals, 4 assists), while Ali Andrzejewski paces the squad in goals (3) and shots (10).

Kate Gilfillan has played the bulk of the time in the net for Loyola where she has allowed 11 goals for a goals-against-average of 3.67 with 19 saves. Amanda Piccirilli has played and started at goalkeeper in one match for the Greyhounds where she allowed one goal and recorded four saves.

This will be the first time that UCF and Loyola have met on the soccer field.

UCF will play in Orlando the entire month of September. The Golden Knights started an eight-game home stand on Saturday, Sept. 3 when the team hosted Ole Miss and will end Friday, Sept. 30 when Southern Miss comes to town for the Conference USA debut.

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).

The UCF women's soccer team was selected to finish second in the 2005 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship by the league's coaches as announced by the conference office. SMU took home the top spot, while UAB was ranked third.

Junior forward Olivia O'Rear of SMU was named the Preseason C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, and UAB junior defender Pam Cooney was chosen as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.

Rice has been tabbed to finish fourth in the league this season. Memphis was picked to finish fifth, in front of UTEP. East Carolina earned the No. 7 spot in the preseason rankings, and should be led by two-time All-Conference USA first team selection Meghan McCallion. Tulsa was chosen to finish eighth. Tulane, Houston, Marshall and Southern Miss fill in the last four slots, respectively.

The top eight finishers in the regular season earn a spot in the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, hosted by Rice University November 2-5.

Soccerbuzz.com ranked the UCF women's soccer team No. 28 in their preseason national poll. The preseason ranking was the first for the Golden Knights.

UCF was 17-4-2 during the 2004 season and earned the Atlantic Sun Conference's first ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament where they knocked off then No. 10 Florida in Gainesville, Fla. in the first round.

Of the other top 30 teams, UCF will host No. 15 Florida on Sept. 18.

In addition to the national top 30 ranking, the Golden Knights were also ranked No. 6 in the Southeast Region. Joining UCF on the Southeast Region poll was Florida (3), Florida State (9), UAB (10) and Florida Atlantic (13).

UCF will also take on six other teams that were ranked in various regions: Mississippi (11), Rice (13) and UTEP (RV) from the Central; UW-Milwaukee (10) from the Great Lakes; Loyola (9) from the Mid-Atlantic; and Pepperdine (12) from the West.