Knights Dominate in Season-Opening Draw



Aug 30, 2013

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By Doug Richards

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The UCF men's soccer team had plenty of opportunities Friday in its season opener against FAU, but was unable to score as the Knights played the Owls to a scoreless draw. In 110 minutes, the Knights (0-0-1) outshot the Owls, 17-5, but were unable to take advantage of their scoring chances.

FAU goalkeeper Theo Jamilloux recorded six saves, including a stop with 1:30 left in the second overtime period on an Omar Vallejo shot from seven yards out.

In front of a spirited crowd, five true freshmen made their college debuts against the Owls (0-0-1). UCF limited the visitors to only one shot on goal.

"That is the beauty of having a young team," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "Having a hot goalkeeper gets in your head a little bit and we were taking some shots from some bad angles instead of trying to do the simple things. We've just got to grow and be patient in that final third."

UCF had three great scoring chances in the opening half, with Romario Williams breaking away for a pair of attempts. In the 26th minute the sophomore forward had a solid opportunity when he sprinted past the Owls' backline and nearly got past the keeper before his shot from 15 yards sailed wide left.

UCF keeper Sebastian Evers was tested only once, and he made a save on a header attempt from Ryan Price in the 86th minute. Williams recorded seven shots for the Knights.

The match was the first of three-straight at home to open the season for the Knights. UCF will return to action on Thursday, hosting FIU at 7 p.m.



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