UCF Blanks Florida 3-0 in Season Opener

ORLANDO – The UCF women's soccer team started its 2022 campaign with a 3-0 win over Florida at the UCF Soccer Complex on Thursday night.

After the Knights and Gators each put up four shots in the first half to enter the intermission scoreless, the Black and Gold came out firing in the second half.

Eight minutes into the second half, Polly Watson found the foot of Kristen Scott on a beautiful ball who weaved past the keeper to score on an empty net to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.

It was a lead they would never relinquish and one they would quickly add on to. Mathilde Kack hit Dayana Martin, who put the ball into the back of the net to go up 2-0 in the 77th minute.

Seven minutes later, Martin would look for a second goal but her shot bounced off the post, and Mallory Olson was right there for the rebound as she put the Knights up 3-0 with eight minutes remaining.

That score would hold as the Knights went on to win their third consecutive game against Florida to even the all-time series at 6-6-1.

Knight Notables

  • The win was head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak's 100th win at UCF. She is only the second coach in program history to accomplish that feat.
  • UCF shut out Florida for a third consecutive game and have not conceded a goal against them since 2016. The Knights have held the Gators scoreless over their last 272:21.
  • The 3-0 win ties the largest win against Florida in program history equaling the 3-0 win in 2018.
  • Caroline DeLisle earned her 19th career clean sheet with her four-save performance.
  • With 161 career saves, she is now one save shy of tying seventh all-time in program history.

Thoughts with Coach Tiff

"I'm thrilled," said Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak. "I think the team had a lot of spirit and that grew as the game went on. As far as the 100 wins go, Tim [Sahaydak] and I feel so thankful and proud because those wins all belong to all the players who have played for us here at UCF."

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