UCF Falls to Kentucky in Extra Session


Oct. 17, 2007

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ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - A goal by senior Aaron Swanson with under two minutes remaining in the first overtime gave Kentucky a 3-2 win over host UCF in Conference USA men's soccer action on Wednesday night.

Kentucky (4-7-2, 2-2-0 C-USA) took a the early lead in the 17th minute when junior Masumi Turnbull served the ball into the box that was headed into the top right corner by sophomore Barry Rice. The Wildcats then went up 2-0 on a successful penalty kick by sophomore Jase Griffiths in the 23rd minute.

Junior Mike Mattson (Boca Raton, Fla./Pope John Paul II HS) capitalized on his own penalty kick in the 37th minutes to put the Knights (4-8-1, 0-3-1 C-USA) on the board. With two minutes remaining until the intermission, junior Ryan Roushandel (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) sent a bullet toward the goal that UK goalkeeper Dan Williams (four saves) punched away to preserve the Wildcats advantage.

UCF continued to earn opportunities in the second half and finished the game with an 11-2 margin in corner kicks and a 16-15 advantage in shots. With under five minutes remaining to play in regulation, senior James Georgeff (New Castle, Australia) tied the match with his fourth goal of the season. Mattson assisted.

"The players really showed their character when they pulled even after being down two goals," said UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham. "Our team really went out and competed for the ball. We were able to create some dangerous chances throughout the match but we weren't able to finish them."

In the extra session, Turnbull earned his second assist of the night when he fed the ball to streaking Swanson, who scored low to the right corner in the 98th minute.

UCF freshman keeper Sean Johnson (Lilburn, Ga./Brookwood HS) made four saves on the night.

"This was a tough result against a very good Kentucky team," said UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham. "We were able to gain some confidence by playing well and were able to battle back. Now we'll prepare to take on an equally good Tulsa team on Sunday."

The Knights continue their two-game home-stand against No. 20 Tulsa on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

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