Aug 24, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Doug Richards
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - On a rainy Saturday evening, the UCF men's soccer team concluded its preseason on a high note, taking a thrilling 4-3 exhibition win over Georgia Southern at the UCF Soccer Complex. The Knights, who were playing their third scrimmage in six days, took the victory in the 84th minute when Mason Miller deflected a Leon Carby shot past Georgia Southern goalkeeper Jack Falle.
The hosts led 3-1 just after intermission when Romario Williams scored his second goal, but the Eagles' Witt Carlisle tallied two of his three goals late in the second half to tie the match.
"Georgia Southern is a good team. They are very well coached and organized," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "They believe in what they are doing and they believe that they can come back. That was a good learning experience for our young group tonight to see that you have to put a team away. We dominated possession and had plenty of chances, but we never got that three-goal lead that we needed. We were determined. After we gave up that tying goal, I really thought that we were going to score and we did."
UCF will open the regular season on Friday, hosting Florida Atlantic at 8 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women's soccer team.
The Knights struck early as Williams connected on a penalty kick in the third minute. After the Eagles scored in the 28th minute, the hosts got back on the board in the 39th minute when Alex Marotta headed in a rebound off a Matthew Gaskins attempt.
On Wednesday, the Knights hosted Jacksonville for an exhibition after opening the preseason slate Sunday against College of Charleston.
The season opener against Florida Atlantic is one of nine contests at the UCF Soccer Complex this year for the Knights. UCF will make its American Athletic Conference debut on Sept. 21 versus Louisville and will also host Memphis, Temple and Rutgers in league play.