Knights Handle Memphis for Conference Victory

Oct. 9, 2013

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By Doug Richards

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The UCF men's soccer team is playing its best at the right time. The Knights handled Memphis, 1-0, Wednesday for an American Athletic Conference victory at the UCF Soccer Complex, pushing their unbeaten streak to three matches.

UCF (4-4-3, 2-1-1 The American) used a goal from Romario Williams in the 49th minute to take the win. The sophomore striker notched his team-best six goal of the season on a free kick from 20 yards out.

Facing a Memphis (7-4-1, 2-2-0) team receiving top-25 votes, UCF keeper Sebastian Evers stopped five shots to record the shutout. With just over three minutes remaining in the match, Evers dove to save a shot from the Tigers' Mark Sherrod inside the box to preserve the win.

"To come out here tonight and shut them out is massive," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "They are a very good team. They are end to end. I give our players a lot of credit. They were up for it tonight. We got the result in the end."

UCF was playing in Orlando for the first time since Sept. 21. On Saturday, the Knights concluded a three-match road swing by picking up an impressive 2-2 draw at No. 17/24 UConn, where they became the first team since 2009 to record more than one goal against the Huskies in Storrs.

UCF had one great scoring chance in the opening half against the Tigers. Eighteen minutes into the contest, Williams nearly scored on a free kick from 15 yards out, but Memphis keeper Cody Uzcategui made the save.

Williams recorded seven shots, with three coming on goal. Each team totaled 12 shots.

Evers had a great save of an attempt from 30 yards out from Shane Keely early in the second half. After missing five games due to an injury, he was playing at home for the first time since Sept. 8.

"I feel like it was a team effort," Evers said of the win. "We have been practicing defending. Individually, the team gave me the confidence to be in the net. They believe in me and I believe in them, so collectively we make a pretty solid team."

The Knights will return to action next Tuesday, taking a break from their league schedule to host Georgia State.



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