Women's Soccer Battles Colorado College to a 0-0 Draw


Oct. 21, 2007

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ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF women's soccer team was able to stay undefeated in Conference USA action Sunday when it played Colorado College to a 0-0 tie at the UCF Soccer Complex. The Knights moved to 5-0-1 in C-USA and 10-2-3 overall, while they also stretched their undefeated streak to nine matches (6-0-3).

"Colorado College is a good defensive team and its keeper came up with a couple of huge saves," said head coach Amanda Cromwell. "That was the most corner kicks we've had in a game and we had 28 shots. We should score a goal with 28 shots and 14 on goal. But the difference from today and Friday was that (the shots) were not very dangerous."

UCF outshot Colorado College 28-8 and had a 16-3 advantage in corner kicks, but could not tally the deciding goal. Junior Hanna Wilde paced the offense with seven shots for the match, including four on goal. Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Manis made two saves to lock up her sixth shutout of the year, and fifth in league play. Her counterpart for Colorado College (7-4-3, 2-2-1), Geneva Sills, made 14 saves for the Tigers as UCF pressured her for most of the match.

UCF opened the game with Colorado College very differently compared to the Knights' 4-2 win over UTEP Oct. 19. In that match, UCF was peppering the Miners with shots as soon as the opening whistle was sounded, but on Sunday Colorado College kept getting into passing lanes as both programs tried to win the midfield battle. It was not until 10 minutes into the first half that the offense finally went to work. The Knights completed the opening frame, which included a 17-minute lightning delay, with eight shots on goal and 15 shots overall.

In the second half, UCF's best chances came when junior Danielle Dos Santos ripped a shot that CC keeper Geneva Sills tipped just over the crossbar with less than 22 minutes left. Dos Santos returned a couple minutes later and saw another shot barely deflected by Sills. Sophomore Courtney Whidden and Wilde also placed shots on net that the Tiger keeper turned aside. The Black and Gold dominated the half once again, outshooting Colorado College 10-1 and having a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Each keeper was forced to make a save in the overtime periods, but it was Manis' effort with just a few ticks remaining that preserved the tie. Colorado College found itself with numbers when Tiffany Brown raced into the UCF zone on the right side with Amara Wilson to her left. Brown took it herself and tried to go far post, but Manis dove to her right to make the save, enabling UCF to move its 2007 home record to 6-0-3.

UCF now prepares for its final regular-season road trip when it journeys to UAB Oct. 26 and Memphis Oct. 28. The Knights close the C-USA schedule at home vs. Southern Miss Nov. 2.

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