UNF Escapes Orlando With 1-0 Win

Sep 8, 2013

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By Doug Richards

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF men's soccer team dropped a heartbreaker Sunday evening as North Florida scored 26 seconds into overtime to leave the UCF Soccer Complex with a 1-0 victory.

The Ospreys' Pedro Carneiro chased down a loose ball in the box and fired the gamewinner past UCF goalkeeper Sebastian Evers to stun the Knights and their fans. UCF moved to 1-1-1 with the loss, while the Ospreys improved to 2-0-1 in 2013.

The Knights had several scoring opportunities during the match, including three shots on goal in the second period. UCF concluded a three-match homestand to open the campaign with the contest against the Ospreys. All three of the Knights' opponents were in-state foes.

"I told the team, that these teams want to come in here and they want to win. They are not coming here to lose," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "We have to be mentally sharp. We have to be prepared to outwork them and outmatch their intensity. We were not prepared for that tonight. North Florida was the better team from start to finish."

Leon Carby and Romario Williams both had some great scoring chances after intermission for the Knights. Carby had a look with 20 minutes remaining in regulation, but his high shot was knocked away by UNF keeper Brad Sienkiewicz.

Sienkiewicz finished with five saves, while Evers stopped three shots. Each team recorded 11 total shots.

The Knights dodged several UNF first-half scoring opportunities, especially in the 22nd minute, when Evers stopped a shot from Sean Young and after Alex Morrell grabbed the rebound, his shot was deflected out of bounds off of Matthew Gaskins' head.

The Knights' best scoring chance in the opening half came in the 11th minute when Carby slipped a pass past a pair of Osprey defenders inside the box to Omar Vallejo. Vallejo fired a shot, but it went directly into the hands of Sienkiewicz.

The Knights will return to action next weekend in Virginia, competing in the Stihl Classic in Norfolk. They will open the event Friday against William & Mary before facing host Old Dominion Sunday.



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