UCF Seeking C-USA Crown in Houston

Nov. 1, 2005

HOUSTON - The UCF women's soccer team (11-9, 8-1 C-USA) will participate in its first Conference USA Tournament hosted by Rice. No. 1 UCF and No. 8 Houston are set for a 1 p.m. eastern kickoff Wednesday. This will be the second time in less than a week that the two teams have met on the turf.


11/2 1 No. 1 UCF vs. No. 8 Houston, 1 p.m.

11/2 2 No. 4 UTEP vs. No. 5 Memphis, 3:30 p.m.

11/2 3 No. 2 SMU vs. No. 7 East Carolina, 6 p.m.

11/2 4 No. 3 Rice vs. No. 6 UAB, 8:30 p.m.

11/4 5 Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 6 p.m.

11/4 6 Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, 8:30 p.m.

11/6 7 Winner 5 vs. Winner 6, 2 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT FOR UCF The Golden Knights defeated the Houston Cougars, 2-1, Sunday in Orlando.

Jennifer Montgomery scored UCF's first goal in the 20th minute of play when Roberta Pelarigo sent a pass into the box. Twelve seconds later, Houston responded with a goal of their own. Sarah Fisher connected off a Sophia Mundy pass to even the score at one apiece.

In the second half, Erin Hopkins recorded her second goal of the weekend to give UCF a 2-1 victory.

UCF was led by Montgomery, who had four shots, while Pelarigo and Hanna Wilde were second with three shots each.

SCOUTING NO. 1 UCF Roberta Pelarigo leads the team in points with 26 (11 goals, 4 assists), while Jennifer Montgomery is second with 14 points (4 goals, 6 assists). Pelarigo also paces the offense with 97 shots.

Beth Harless, Jennifer Manis and Julie Snaman have all shared time in the net for the Golden Knights this season. Harless has allowed seven goals with 23 saves, two shutouts and a 0.96 goals-against-average, while Manis has given up eight goals with 10 saves and a 1.50 GAA and Snaman has allowed six goals with 24 saves and a 0.79 GAA.

SCOUTING NO. 8 HOUSTON The Cougars (8-6-3, 3-4-2 C-USA) are led by Sophia Mundy who has 31 points (13 goals, 5 assists) and 94 shots. Stephanie Pucek has played 13 matches in the net for Houston, allowing 14 goals with 54 saves and a 1.13 GAA.

CAPTURING 100 WINS UCF head coach Amanda Cromwell earned her 100th UCF victory Sunday afternoon when the Golden Knights defeated Houston, 2-1. Cromwell, now in her seventh season at the helm, was hired in 1999 and has led the Golden Knights to four Atlantic Sun Championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the second round twice. In the inaugural season of Conference USA, Cromwell's team has won the regular season title and is the No. 1 seed in the 2005 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship.

MONTGOMERY AND HOPKINS EARN C-USA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS Jennifer Montgomery and Erin Hopkins were each named Conference USA Women's Soccer Players of the Week. Montgomery was named co-offensive player of the week with SMU's Autumn Browning, while Hopkins walked away with the defensive player of the week award.

This was the first time that UCF swept the C-USA weekly honors. On Oct. 17, Kristin Bilby was the first women's soccer player to earn offensive player of the week.