Laverde's Second Half Strike Earns Knights 1-0 Victory

Oct. 23, 2013

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By Jennifer Clark

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TAMPA, Fla. ( - The UCF men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to seven matches Wednesday, closing out its regular-season road schedule with a 1-0 victory at in-state rival USF at Corbett Stadium.

The Knights (6-4-4, American Athletic Conference 3-1-2) handled the Bulls (4-3-7, 1-2-3) thanks to Fernando Laverde's second-half strike. The freshman midfielder scored his third goal of the season from a shot off the bottom of the crossbar from 25 yards out.

"It was a tremendous game tonight from both teams," head coach Bryan Cunningham said of the Knights' victory. "We played poor through the first half against a very good USF team. They had a better first half, and later had a few chances to score but we managed to hold them off. We came together as a group and did good things. We were able to come together for the victory. We will definitely enjoy this and then get ready to host a great Temple team Sunday."

UCF and USF were meeting as conference rivals for the first time. The squads last played in the 2011 NCAA Championship second round in Tampa.

Sebastian Evers recoerded three saves for UCF.

The Knights will return to Orlando, where they will close out the season with a two-game homestand. They will face American foe Temple on Sun., Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. followed by Rutgers on Nov. 2.