Houston, Texas – The UCF women's soccer team opened its American Athletic Conference campaign with a loss on the road against Houston. The No. 14 Knights fall to 4-3-0 (0-0-1 AAC) on the year after the 1-0 loss to Houston.
In a one-on-one situation, Ellie Moreno drew a foul in the 18-yard box to earn a penalty kick at the 26th minute. Darya Rajaee stepped up to take the shot, only to have her PK attempt saved to keep the game scoreless.
After the penalty kick save, it took the two teams 49 minutes to break the stalemate as Houston took the first lead in the match with a goal coming off of a Jazmin Grant header to open the second half.
The Knights trailed in shots 19-8, and in shots on goal, five to one. UCF also trailed in corner kicks, earning four to Houston's six.
Facing 19 shots in the contest, Caroline DeLisle made four saves in the match to keep the game within reach for the Knights
- Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak remains two wins away from 150 career wins with a 148-92-36 record all time and 95-42-17 at the helm at UCF.
- The loss comes as just the second loss all-time against Houston. The last time UCF lost to Houston was during the 2020-21 spring season in Orlando, 3-1.
- The Knights fall to 0-1-0 in American Athletic Conference play.
- Caroline DeLisle has made at least four saves in each match and carries a 1.14 goal / game average after the match with Houston.
The Knights return home to take on Stetson at the UCF Soccer Complex on Sunday, September 19 at 6 p.m. The two programs are no strangers on the pitch, having played 23 times previously, with the Knights winning all 23 contests. The last time they met came in 2019 as the Black and Gold walked away with a 5-0 victory.
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