Nov. 4, 2004
JACKSONVILLE - The UCF men's soccer team won its second consecutive regular season Atlantic Sun Championship with a 1-0 win at Jacksonville on Thursday afternoon.
The Golden Knights finished 7-2 in their final season in the A-Sun and improved to 8-5-2 overall. With the loss, the Dolphins dropped to 3-5-1 in the conference and fell short of making the tournament. They went 8-8-1 overall.
Despite outshooting JU by a 13-6 margin in the first half, the Knights couldn't finish on their scoring opportunities. It was in the second half that senior defender Adam Holden drew Dolphin keeper Greg DeBoer (five saves) out of the net and put up his first collegiate goal - unassisted - at 66:20 to give UCF a 1-0 lead.
The Golden Knights defense and junior goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh made a combined three saves in the final two minutes of the match to preserve the victory. McIntosh, who had five saves on the afternoon, stopped a header from Richard Blackburn before junior Billy Judino and senior John Sobczak each blocked shots from the JU offense.
The Knights outshot the Dolphins by a 22-16 margin in the match.
UCF begins the road toward their third straight tournament title on Nov. 12 when the Knights take on the winner of the Belmont-Georgia State match in the semifinals of the 2004 A-Sun Championship in Macon, Ga.