Knights Visit In-State Rival North Florida Tuesday

Oct. 29, 2007

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ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF men's soccer team travels to Jacksonville, where they face in-state rival North Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., before closing out the regular-season with a pair of Conference USA matches at the UCF Soccer Complex.

The Knights (4-10-1, 0-5-1 C-USA) are looking to rebound from a 2-1 loss at UAB on Oct. 27. Freshman forward Matt Luzunaris (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./West Boca Raton HS) scored the goal for UCF.

Including Luzunaris, six different players have contributed to the Knights' offense this season with four of them scoring multiple goals. Junior Ryan Roushandel (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School), who continues to lead the conference in shots with 51, leads the UCF attack and is second among C-USA players with eight goals. Tied for second on the Black & Gold stat card are senior James Georgeff (New Castle, Australia) and junior Mike Mattson (Boca Raton, Fla./Pope John Paul II HS), each with four tallies. Both freshman Dustin McCarty (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park HS) and sophomore Cam Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury HS) each have one goal. The mid-week match-up at UNF could allow some other Knights to join that list.

"The game against North Florida gives us the chance to utilize the depth on our bench and allows some of our athletes who may not have received a lot of time thus far the opportunity to play," said UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham.

Under the direction of head coach Ray Bunch, who is currently in his 17th season, the Ospreys enter Tuesday's match with an overall record of 7-8-0 and a 5-4-0 mark in the Atlantic Sun. With a 3-0 shutout of league rival Lipscomb on Oct. 28, they clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming A-Sun Tournament.

Freshman duo Akil DeFreitas and Adam O'Neill lead UNF offensively with a combined 11 goals. DeFreitas tops the team's statistical chart with six goals and three assists for 15 points, while O'Neill is second with five goals and two assists for 12 points.

A rookie is also the Ospreys' final line of defense as Andrew Calise has made 83 saves and posted a 1.17 goals-against-average in 15 matches.

The Knights have gone 2-0-0 in the series against the Ospreys, including a 2-0 victory in Orlando on Sept. 7, 2006. During the first meeting between the two teams in 2005, UCF defeated UNF, 3-1, in Jacksonville.

"UNF is a good in-state opponent," said Cunningham. "It's important that we don't look past this game and put forth our best effort."

UCF returns to Orlando for a Nov. 4 game against South Carolina then plays host to Marshall on Nov. 9.

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