Knights Post Impressive Draw at No. 17/24 UConn


Oct. 5, 2013

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By Doug Richards
UCFKnights.com

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STORRS, Conn. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF men's soccer team scored two first half goals and then held on to leave Morrone Stadium with a solid result after a 2-2 American Athletic Conference draw at No. 17/24 UConn Saturday evening. Playing their third-straight road match, the Knights (3-4-4, 1-1-1 The American) became the first team to score multiple goals against the Huskies in Storrs since Sept. 5, 2009.

After goals from Romario Williams and Omar Vallejo, UCF nearly took a 2-0 edge into halftime, but UConn's (3-2-4, 0-0-3) Allando Matheson scored in the 45th minute. Twelve minutes into the second period, Cyle Larin tied the match with a goal.

UConn went 17-4-1 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals. The Huskies were picked first in the 2013 American Athletic Conference preseason poll. Saturday's contest was played in front of 5,045 fans.

"To come up to Connecticut and play UConn in front of 5,000 people and battle like we did was incredible," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "I thought we showed courage and character and discipline to get that result."

Williams scored in the 14th minute and then assisted on Vallejo's score in the 35th minute. After missing the last five matches, Sebastian Evers returned in goal for the Knights and stopped five shots, including two in the first overtime.

"We knew that UConn wouldn't roll over after we scored," Cunningham said. "They had some great looks late, but Evers and our backs hung in there. In the end, it is great to get the draw."

UCF was facing a ranked team for the second time this season. The Knights opened play in The American against No. 11 Louisville on Sept. 22.

Last Saturday, UCF recorded its first victory in the new league, topping host Cincinnati, 2-1. The Knights and Huskies were meeting for the first time since 1996.

The Knights will return to action Wednesday, hosting Memphis for a league match. The contest with the Tigers is the first of two straight at home for UCF.

 

 

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