Sept. 13, 2012
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - As the anticipation mounts for UCF football's home opener against FIU on Saturday, Black and Gold fans can kick off the weekend early with a soccer doubleheader Friday. The No. 6 women take on North Florida at 5 p.m. before the men host Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m.
UCF fans have a chance to catch two NCAA Tournament contenders in action. The men's team has earned a berth to the Big Dance in each of the past two seasons while the women have made it to the postseason for the last five years.
Both teams are returning home from successful road trips. The men downed UC-Davis while the women tied now-No. 5 Boston College in double overtime.
"We are happy to be back at home," UCF men's coach Bryan Cunningham said. "The fans here have been great over the last couple of years. We just hope they come out and support both programs on what is going to be a great night of soccer."
The doubleheader is just as enjoyable for the teams. The squads like to support each other, but conflicting schedules usually make that next to impossible. The doubleheader gives the teams a chance to build upon the familial relationship they have formed over the years.
The bond has even led to matchmaking. Current men's assistant coach and alum Antti Laitinen and former women's soccer player Cally Howell met during their playing days at UCF and are now married.
"I've seen programs that don't have the support of their men's or women's teams. Bryan, Maurcio (Ruiz) and Antti really support the women's game," UCF women's head coach Amanda Cromwell said. "We have a good connection with the men's staff.
Admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for youth (ages 2-17), seniors (ages 55+) and UCF faculty/staff with proper ID. Children under the age of 2 and UCF students with ID are admitted free. A ticket purchased for the women's game will also grant entry to the men's game.
Season tickets are available for UCF's remaining home games, beginning at $30. A complimentary soccer scarf comes with each purchase. The Gold Pass, which includes season tickets to all volleyball, men's and women's soccer, women's basketball, softball and track and field contests, is also available now. For more information and to place an order, call the UCF Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000 or visit UCFAthletics.com.