Aug 25, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
HONOLULU, Hawaii (UCFKnights.com) - The No. 21 UCF women's soccer team emerged as champions of the No Ka Oi Tournament on Sunday - perhaps a sign of things to come in 2013.
Thanks to their 2-0 win over host Hawaii, the Knights notched their second shutout of the season-opening weekend. Four Knights scored a combined five goals as UCF downed Washington and the Rainbow Wahine in less than 48 hours.
Junior forward Tatiana Coleman, who tallied five points between the two wins, was named tournament MVP. Junior forward Jennifer Martin, junior defender Carleigh Williams, senior defender Marissa Diggs and freshman forward Lena Petermann were named to the all-tournament team.
The Rainbow Wahine pressed for a majority of the first 10 minutes of the match. After Lianne Maldonado laid out to save Chelsea Miyake's free kick from outside the top of the box, the Knights were able to even out the momentum.
Although Martin and redshirt sophomore Megan Fish both got looks at the net, UCF didn't notch a shot on goal until Kayla Darden struck in the 38th minute inside the box. Her attempt was saved by UH keeper Monk Berger.
Hawai'i frantically tried to send one in during the final 10 minutes, but UCF's back line held strong and managed to clear anything that came inside the box.
Junior Alex Piercy finally put the Knights on the board just before the 41st minute with a shot across the box to the far post for the first game winner of her career.
UCF wasted no time adding an insurance goal after the break. Freshman Kayla Adamek, who subbed in for 18 minutes of the first half, was given the starting nod for the second period. She recorded the first collegiate goal of her career 64 seconds into the second half after Coleman forwarded a ball as Adamek rushed in from the left side and put it past the keeper.
UCF nearly scored again in the 53rd minute when Petermann advanced the ball to Coleman in the box. Her shot hit the far post and looked like it would bank into the net but a Rainbow Wahine defender made a stop on the goal line.
Maldonado's trusty hands came through for the Knights with 10 minutes left as Hallie Hernandez booted a dart straight to her, eliciting respect from the crowd.
UCF continued to attack until the end. Senior Marleigh Howard's attempt from the top of the box was set to the connect with the right corner but another UH defender came up with a goal line save.
The Knights hold their home opener Friday against Tennessee at 6 p.m. ET. The Lady Vols are currently the first one out of the NSCAA national top 25, receiving 48 points in the preseason poll.
The soccer scarf is back for season ticket holders. For $30, fans will receive a special scarf, which will serve as one-general admission seat to all 2013 regular season home matches. The GOLD Pass, which includes one general admission seat for all home men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, softball, women's basketball and track & field events, is available for $90. For more information on how to purchase tickets, visit UCFKnights.com or call 407-UCF-1000.