ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) –The UCF women's soccer team welcomed their first American Athletic Conference foe of the 2019 slate in the No. 11 Memphis Tigers to the UCF Soccer Complex on Thursday. The Knights (5-2-2, 0-1 AAC) saw their seven-match unbeaten streak come to an end after falling 1-0 to Memphis (9-1, 1-0 AAC).
Despite the Tigers' entering the match as the seventh highest scoring team in the country, UCF created more chances on offense than the Tigers, taking 12 shots to Memphis' nine, and earning seven corner kicks compared the Tigers' one.
Caroline DeLisle made three saves in the match, keeping the Knights within striking distance after Memphis took the 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute of the game. UCF would not go down without a fight, taking four shots in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Tonight's match was the first match without a goal scored by the Knights since their first loss of the season, against Wisconsin over a month ago on Aug. 22.
"I think the team should actually gain confidence, even with the result of the loss." Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said while sharing post-match thoughts with the media. "They went against one of the top teams in the country, and I feel like we were on the attack a lot, and we played our style of soccer. Unfortunately, we didn't come out on top tonight but I think we definitely grew in a lot of areas. I think we just need to keep our heads up and keep competing and fighting with every game."
The Knights continue American Conference play when they host Tulsa at the UCF Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.