Starters See Success vs. Charleston



Aug 18, 2013

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - This past Monday morning, the UCF men's soccer team held its first practice of the preseason. Just six days later, the Knights competed against an opponent for the first time when they hosted College of Charleston for a scrimmage Sunday afternoon at the UCF Soccer Complex.

Official statistics for the scrimmage were not kept, but UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham was pleased with his squad's play throughout the contest. The Knights had several scoring chances in the opening half and dominated possession, especially with its starting unit on the field.

"We put the first team out there for the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, and I thought that they were exceptional," Cunningham said. "We had six or seven new players, five of them being freshmen, and they knocked the ball around. They did everything that we asked of them. For that 60 minutes, we dictated the tempo, we created a lot of chances and we were pretty fluid going in transition and attacking and defending."

The scrimmage was the first of three in six days for the Knights, who host Jacksonville Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Georgia Southern Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is free for the exhibitions.

The Knights will open the regular season on Aug. 30, hosting Florida Atlantic.



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