Halting the Huskies

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The No. 7 UCF women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory over UConn at the UCF Soccer Complex on Thursday evening.

"We're staying focused, taking one game at a time," UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. "There's a lot of passion and commitment on this team. I've been saying that all throughout the season, but I love when we can continue to do this over and over again. It's hard to do, and I'm really proud of them."

UCF (11-1-1, 6-0-1 The American) took the lead in the 17th minute as Katriina Kuoksa found Morgan Ferrara, whose 12th goal of the season sailed in just under the crossbar. In another balanced scoring outing, Bridget Callahan added a second goal in the 67th minute off a corner kick from Carrie Lawrence.

One streak continued, while another ended.

  • UCF's unbeaten streak reached 12 matches with the victory over the Huskies.
  • The Knights have not lost a contest since the season opener on Aug. 18
  • Thursday's win also marked UCF's first victory over UConn since 2013. The Huskies had won four straight against the Knights entering Thursday's contest.
  • UCF closed the gap in the all-time series, 6-4.

The defense does it, again.

  • The UCF defense recorded their eighth shutout of the season on Thursday night.
  • The Knights limited the Huskies to just seven shots in the game, and just a pair in the second half.
  • Goalkeeper Vera Varis has still not conceded a marker since Aug. 25, and saw her goals against average drop yet again following the victory over UConn. The junior has compiled a 0.20 average this season.
  • The Knights have not allowed more than one goal in a match since the season opener at then-No. 4 South Carolina.

The Knights set a new goals marker in American Athletic Conference action.

  • UCF entered Thursday's match having scored 23 goals in American Athletic Conference action.
  • The Knights were tied with their previous best of 23 goals, set during the 2013 season.
  • With a pair of goals in the win over the Huskies, the Black and Gold have now scored a program-best 25 goals during league play.
  • The tally marks the most since the Knights finished with 31 goals during the 2012 Conference USA season.

The Knights welcome Temple to the UCF Soccer Complex for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday.

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