Aug 16, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Preseason love continues to pour in for the No. 21 UCF women's soccer team.
UCF and Louisville shared the No. 1 spot in the first American Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll Friday, tying with 85 points apiece. Furthermore, two Knights earned recognition in two of the major individual award categories.
Senior All-American Marissa Diggs was chosen as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and senior Lianne Maldonado was tabbed the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. Both appear on the all-conference team.
Diggs was bestowed the same honor last year by Conference USA and went on to earn the league's Defensive Player of the Year award by season's end. In 2012, she anchored a backline that finished the season ranked second nationally for goals against average (.524) and fourth nationally in shutout percentage (.625).
This marks the first-career preseason conference accolade for Maldonado. The C-USA third team selection ranked 11th nationally last year for goals-against average (.564), good enough for fourth on the single-season leaders list in the UCF record book.
The Knights closed 2012 at No. 20 nationally after earning a nod in the top 25 each week of the season, climbing as high as No. 6 - the program's highest mark in two decades. The team compiled a 17-5-2 record last year, which included a school-record 15 shutouts.
UCF's lone exhibition match of the season is set for 7 p.m Friday at the UCF Soccer Complex against No. 9 Florida. Admission is free. UCF will travel to Honolulu, Hawai'i for its season opener against Washington on Aug. 23 in the No Ka Oi Tournament.
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.
2013 American Conference Preseason Women's Soccer Poll
|| School (first place votes)
|| UCF (4)
|| Louisville (5)