March 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's soccer team took time away from its spring schedule of workouts and games this past weekend to host an alumni weekend on campus. The event was a huge success as the Knights present coaches and players gathered with former Knights from all generations, beginning with the program's first head coach, Jim Rudy.
The weekend started with a dinner reception Friday night, where former and current players were able to fraternize and talk about the differences between their times of playing for UCF. Family and friends were also present in a group totaling nearly 100 people.
"It was a great weekend for the UCF men's soccer program as for the first time past generations were able to come together with the current team and enjoy the impact that UCF soccer has had and continues to have in their lives," said head coach Bryan Cunningham. "A gap was bridged between the generations, and a lot of support to the program will hopefully come from that.
"The coaching staff wants to thank all of the alumni and family members that were a part of the weekend. We hope that support and passion for UCF will continue to grow as our soccer program strives to grow into a national contending program."
Pictures dating back to 1972 were brought in by alumni. A slide show displayed pictures from the past decades throughout the night. The presence of Rudy and Bill Barker, the program's second coach, highlighted the night. UCF's first All-American Winston DuBose was also in attendance among many other great former players. The night was capped by the majority of the alumni sharing more stories at Tailgaters.
Saturday morning was another great turnout as alumni suited up and put their cleats back on to display their long-lasting skills to the current Knights in a game. The game was relatively competitive for a few minutes until old legs and tired lungs took over. The alumni had an opportunity to see high level of play of the current players on the team.
After 45 minutes of play, the alumni and current players were split into four different teams and a seven-on-seven tournament began. While the level of soccer was questionable at times, everyone had a great time, playing with and against players of their own generations. The competition lasted until noon with everyone injury free.
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