Women's Soccer Meets USF in Exhibition Match Saturday in Tampa

Aug. 14, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Closing in on the season-opener Aug. 22, the UCF women's soccer team continues its preseason with an exhibition match at USF Saturday at 4 p.m. It will be the only scrimmage for the Knights, as they are preparing for a very tough regular-season schedule in 2008.

Saturday's contest will be a perfect opportunity for several Knights to get their first taste of Division I competition. This year's squad consists of 10 newcomers, including eight freshmen. It also will allow the coaching staff to get a look at its goalkeepers, who will be trying to replace Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Jennifer Manis.

UCF is set to kick off the 2008 campaign with a trip to Tallahassee to take on No. 4 Florida State Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. It then heads to Gainesville for an NCAA Tournament Second Round rematch against No. 20 Florida Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. The Black and Gold tied both teams last season.

The home opener takes place Aug. 31 vs. Hartford at 1 p.m., while another highlight on this year's home schedule is a Sept. 14 rumble vs. No. 19 Illinois at 12 p.m.

The Knights are coming off a 15-4-4 season with a share of the C-USA regular-season title and their 12th trip to the NCAA Tournament. USF went 4-10-3 in 2007, with three of those victories coming against Big East opponents.

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