Knights Fall to Huskies in Semifinal Showdown

Nov. 15, 2013

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By Jennifer Clark

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DALLAS, Texas ( - The No. 3 UCF men's soccer team suffered a disappointing loss on Friday night, as No. 2 UConn slid past the Knights, 2-0, in semifinal action at the American Athletic Conference Championship at Toyota Stadium. 

UCF completed its successful season with an 8-5-5 record overall, while UConn improved to 11-2-5.

The Huskies scored twice in the first stanza and managed to hold the lead throughout the contest.

UConn's first strike came just over seven minutes into play when freshman Cyle Larin punched a pass from Mamadou Doudou Diouf, scoring his 11th goal of the season to edge the Huskies, 1-0.

UConn found the net again in the 37th minute when Nicolas Zuniga finished a deflected shot from Allando Mattheson into open net for his fourth career goal to put the Huskies ahead, 2-0.

"We just came up against a very good UConn team tonight, and, unfortunately we weren't at our best," head coach Bryan Cunningham commented. "All credit goes to UConn. They're a tremendous team, and they took it to us. Unfortunately, we just couldn't find a way to find the back of the net, and going down two goals is just too much to come back from against a team like that."

The Knights reached the semifinals after edging past Memphis in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory on Nov. 9. Freshman Abdi Yusuf recorded the game-winner with his first goal of the season in sudden-victory overtime.

"Now we put our hands in the fate of the NCAA committee, and hope that we get an at-large bid," said Cunningham. "And, as I told the team, one game is not going to define our whole season. We went through a lot to get to this point, and hopefully we can keep it going. We'll find out on Monday in the selection show."

UCF and UConn met earlier in the regular season when the Knights earned an impressive 2-2 draw in Storrs, Conn. on Oct. 5. UConn will face No. 5 USF on Sunday in the American Athletic Conference Championship.

The Knights will learn if they have received an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship on Monday.



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