Men's Soccer Enjoys Second Scrimmage



Aug 21, 2013

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - After a successful opening scrimmage over the weekend, the UCF men's soccer team enjoyed another exhibition Wednesday evening against Jacksonville at the UCF Soccer Complex. The scrimmage was the second of three in six days for the Knights, who recorded three goals while not allowing a score against the Dolphins.

Official statistics were not kept for the contest Wednesday. For the second-straight match, the Knights' first team dominated possession throughout the opening period, leading to several scoring attempts, including a tally from Matthew Gaskins in the 9th minute.

On Sunday, UCF's first team looked strong against College of Charleston, but was unable to finish.

"We dominated possession against the College of Charleston, but other than knocking the ball around and being pretty with it, we didn't really finish any of our chances," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "The primary focus going into tonight was to keep that level of possession and to finish off some chances in the final third and they did. We created a lot of chances and were around the ball a lot. The first group pushed real hard."

The Knights' starters logged around 60 minutes, but the team's reserves kept up the intensity. Gabriel Zapponi scored in the 74th minute and then six minutes later, assisted on Alex Marotta's goal.

The Knights will conclude their preseason Saturday, hosting Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. Admission is free at the UCF Soccer Complex.

UCF will open the regular season on Aug. 30, hosting Florida Atlantic. The match is one of nine regular-season home matches for the Knights. Season tickets, which include the popular UCF soccer scarf, are $30. To order your tickets today, visit or call (407) UCF-1000.