Oct. 10, 2012
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By Doug Richards
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's soccer team had a strong effort in all facets of the game Wednesday as the Knights played Stetson to a scoreless draw at the UCF Soccer Complex. UCF finished with a 20-9 shot advantage for the match and had several scoring opportunities late in the contest.
McKauly Tulloch nearly gave UCF (4-4-3) the victory with 42 seconds remaining in the final overtime session after receiving a feed from Andrew Quintana inside the box, but Stetson keeper Andreas Schnabl made a leaping save to keep the shot outside of the goal.
"Defensively we were very sharp tonight, and in the attack we were sharp. We are just missing that little, final finish," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "It has kind of been the story of the season. You play a team off the field; you just don't put the ball away. We had a big step forward here. We had a better demonstration of our abilities tonight, but were just missing that last little piece."
UCF had plenty of chances to score in the second half, including a blast from Tulloch that went high with only 1:10 minutes remaining in regulation. In the 73rd minute, both Deshorn Brown and Quintana had scoring opportunities, but were unable to get the ball into the back of the net.
The Hatters moved to 2-5-1 after picking up the draw. The Knights had three shots in the first overtime, including a header from Brown that went high, and then had two more good looks in the final extra session.
Both teams combined for eight shots in the first half, with none coming on goal. UCF's best scoring chance in the opening stanza came in the seventh minute when Brown found Nelson inside the box, but Nelson was unable to get a good touch on the ball.
The match served as UCF's final regular-season non-league contest of the year.
Brown finished with five shots on the night, while Nelson and Tulloch each had four attempts. Schnabl had two saves for the Hatters, while UCF's Sebastian Evers stopped the lone shot he faced.
UCF will return to the Conference USA portion of its schedule Sunday when it hosts No. 17 SMU. The match at the UCF Soccer Complex will begin at 7 p.m.