UCF Women's Soccer Announces 2013 Schedule



July 15, 2013

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By Jenna Marina

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The 2013 soccer scarf design.

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's soccer team announced its fall schedule Monday. Fans will have plenty of chances to watch one of the nation's top teams compete as the Knights are slated to play nine home matches at the UCF Soccer Complex.

The 2013 season will be a year of new beginnings for the Knights, who will start a new era in the American Athletic Conference with first-year head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak. UCF has been selected as the host for the inaugural conference championship in November. The American's first and quarterfinal rounds will be hosted on campus sites Oct. 31 and Nov. 3, respectively. UCF will then welcome the semifinalists on Nov. 8 with the championship matchup slated for Nov. 10.

Despite all the change, a veteran team that finished 2012 ranked among the nation's top 20, along with a talented pack of newcomers, is ready to make a push toward the College Cup. The Knights return seven starters, including All-American defender Marissa Diggs, and three of their top five goal scorers from a year ago when UCF captured its first Conference USA Tournament title.

UCF's slate includes seven opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

"We have lined up a challenging schedule against good, quality opponents that will help us in our quest for a berth to the College Cup," Roberts Sahaydak said. "We are honored to host the first American Athletic Conference Championship and have every intention of once again competing for a tournament title. This year is exciting for so many reasons, and we can't wait to get the season underway. Tim, Jamie and I have heard great things about UCF's incredible fan base, and we intend to make them proud."

The Knights have also lined up an exciting trip to Hawaii to kick off the season. UCF will face Washington on Aug. 23 before host Hawaii on Aug. 25 as part of the OHANA Hotels & Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament.

UCF returns to Orlando for its home opener on Friday, Aug. 30, against Tennessee before heading to Tallahassee to square off against 2012 Final Four participant Florida State on Sept. 1.

The Knights will also face a tough test at Georgetown, who advanced to the 2012 BIG EAST Championship game, in a Thursday matinee (Sept. 19) before returning home to take on two-time Atlantic Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 22.

After facing North Florida and Middle Tennessee at the USF Soccer Classic in Tampa, the Knights will host six of their next seven matches at the UCF Soccer Complex.League play begins on Sept. 27 against rival USF. UCF will also host UConn (Oct. 4), Temple (Oct. 6), Rutgers (Oct. 18) and former C-USA rival Memphis (Oct. 20) in the American Conference slate.

The Knights close out the regular season on the road at SMU on Oct. 27 before post-season play begins. The champion of the American Athletic Conference Championship will receive an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. UCF boasts nine tournament crowns in program history, including last year's C-USA title.

UCF has held several conference and NCAA Tournament contests in the program's 32-year history. The Knights have hosted six NCAA Tournaments, including the 1982 championship, four Atlantic Sun tournaments (1994, 1998, 1999, 2001) and the 2010 Conference USA Championship.

UCF has secured a berth to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for six consecutive years.

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 UCFAthletics.com or call 407-UCF-1000.