Men's Soccer Opens Spring Slate on Saturday

GO KNIGHTS Bryan Cunningham's Knights begin their 2008 spring slate on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Bryan Cunningham's Knights begin their 2008 spring slate on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Feb. 20, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The UCF men's soccer team opens its 2008 spring campaign on Saturday when it plays host to Jacksonville, St. Leo and Stetson in a round-robin tournament beginning at 12 p.m. at the UCF Soccer Complex.

Each of the games will last 35 minutes in duration. The Knights face Jacksonville at 12 p.m., St. Leo at 1 p.m. and Stetson at 2 p.m.

UCF is looking to build on its 2007 campaign, which featured tournament championships at both the New Mexico Invitational and the UCF Invitational. The Knights return a pair of All-Conference USA selections in junior Ryan Roushandel (Atlanta, Ga.), who was a member of the All-C-USA Second Team last season, while rookie Dustin McCarty (Maitland, Fla.) was selected to the league's All-Freshman Team.

"This will be a great tune-up for all four teams as we kick off the spring season," UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham said. "Our players have been working extremely hard and are looking forward to their first opportunity to play."

Jacksonville, an Atlantic Sun Conference member, finished last season with an 11-7-2 overall record and just narrowly missed an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament last season when it fell in penalty kicks in the finals of the league tournament. St. Leo, of the Sunshine State Conference, finished last year with a 9-5-3 record, while Stetson, a member of the Atlantic Sun, is coming off an 11-5-2 record, which marked the seventh time in its program history that the Hatters won 10 or more games in a single season.

Saturday's round-robin tournament marks the first of six spring dates in which the Knights will compete in 2008.

Time      Game                       Location
12 p.m.   UCF vs. Jacksonville       UCF Soccer Complex
          St. Leo vs. Stetson        Practice Fields
1 p.m.    UCF vs. St. Leo            UCF Soccer Complex
          Stetson vs. Jacksonville   Practice Fields
2 p.m.    UCF vs. Stetson            UCF Soccer Complex
          Jacksonville vs. St. Leo   Practice Fields



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2008 UCF Men's Soccer Spring Schedule

Date        Opponent                                         Location             Time
Feb. 23     Stetson, St. Leo, Jacksonville (round robin)     Orlando, Fla.        12 p.m.
March 2     Palm Beach Pumas                                 Orlando, Fla.        12 p.m.
March 4     Malmo (Swedish 1st Division team)                Orlando, Fla.        7 p.m.
March 28    at Rollins College                               Winter Park, Fla.    7 p.m.
April 11    Warner Southern                                  Orlando, Fla.        7 p.m.
April 12    Alumni Game                                      Orlando, Fla.        11 a.m.
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