ORLANDO, Fla. – With the 2022 season just around the corner, a mix of fresh faces and seasoned returners make up the group that will look to keep the opposition from scoring. A total of 12 Knights are rostered as either goalkeepers or defenders, with seven of them new to the team this season. They look to improve on what was a tough year in 2021 as the defense allowed 1.935 goals per game, ranking them 175th in the country.
Matt Douglass (redshirt senior) returns for his fifth season with the Knights. After not seeing action in the 2018 and 2019 seasons for the Knights, Douglass played in seven matches over both the 2020-21 and 2021 seasons combined, starting in six. Last year, he posted a 2.38 goals against average and a .524 save percentage with 11 saves.
Tyler Lavigne (redshirt sophomore) is back with the Knights after a memorable 2021 campaign. Lavigne was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team, won The American's Goalkeeper of the Week twice, along with two more nods on the conference's weekly honor roll. He played and started in 10 matches last season, seeing 886 minutes of action, and played an integral part with a career-high six saves in UCF's upset of No. 6 Tulsa. Lavigne made 32 saves in his redshirt freshman year, earning a .627 save percentage along with a 1.93 goals allowed average.
Two freshmen enter the mix for the Knights this season. Luciano Natoli begins his career with UCF following a stint with Inter Miami FC II (Miami's MLS Next Pro team). The Miami Beach native attended Cypress Bay High School. Hailing from Valencia, Spain; Juanvi Muñoz attended Escuelas Pias Valencia prior to coming to UCF. He was previously with Getafe CF B for two seasons from 2020-2022.
Andres Hernandez Betancur (fifth year) is back for his fifth season with the Knights. A native of San Jose, Costa Rica and now one of six Costa Ricans on UCF's team, he makes his return after missing nearly all of 2021 with an injury playing in just 70 minutes in UCF's season opener. He played and started in 50 matches over his first three seasons in Orlando.
Anderson Rosa (junior) came to America from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to attend Montverde Academy and has been a star ever since. Rosa has been a constant feature in UCF's defense over his two seasons. He was named to The American's All-Rookie Team and All-Conference First Team his freshman year and followed that up with a goal and four assists in 17 matches his sophomore season, making the All-Conference Second Team in the process.
Owen Guske (redshirt sophomore) returns for his third year with the Knights. The Jacksonville native played in the Orlando City Development Academy before committing to UCF. He saw action last season, playing in four matches, starting two, and tallied 178 minutes. His first career start came against North Florida and played all 90 minutes against Virginia Tech the following match.
Zane Bubb (redshirt senior) begins his tenure with the Knights following two seasons with Virginia Tech and is one of three ACC transfers on the roster this year. His collegiate career began at North Florida, where played in 21 matches over two seasons, leading the Ospreys with 1,401 minutes his sophomore season. At Virginia Tech, Bubb appeared in nine matches (starting in four), making his only appearance last season in Tech's upset over No. 1 Marshall.
Raphael Crivello (senior) joins the Knights following two seasons with Pittsburgh, another one of UCF's three ACC transfers. A native of Bordeaux, France, Crivello featured in the Bordeaux academy before he appeared and started in 38 matches for Pitt in both the 2021-21 and 2021 campaigns. Scoring three and assisting three over his career with Pittsburgh, Crivello scored a pair in Pitt's 4-0 win over Hofstra in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Three freshmen look to make an impact in their rookie campaigns. Timothy Arias joins the Knights from Alajuela, Costa Rica. He featured in Costa Rica's squad for their UNCAF U-19 Tournament win. After attending Bri-Bri College, Arias became the youngest ever player to make his professional debut in Costa Rica's second division. Brandon Calderon also joins the Knights from Alajuela, Costa Rica and, just like Arias, was a part of Costa Rica's squad for their UNCAF U-19 Tournament win. Calderon captained the Costa Rica National team at the U-15, U-17, and U-20 levels. Maël Haise begins his career with the Knights following a stint with RC Lens B of the French third division. The Laval, France native attended Henry d'Arras High School before beginning his professional career.
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