Sept. 26, 2013
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By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF Soccer Complex will be buzzing Friday night as the women's soccer team opens play in the American Athletic Conference against rival USF at 6 p.m.
The Knights (7-2-1) welcome the Bulls (5-1-3) to Orlando for the first time since 2004. UCF holds the advantage in the overall series 7-1-0, and has not dropped a decision to its instate foe since 1998.
The first 1,000 UCF students to attend the match will receive early entry passes for the sold-out UCF football game against South Carolina the following day. For more information on the early entry passes, click this link. Students can also rack up 5,000 Knightmare Rewards points by attending the game.
UCF - The American's preseason favorite - heads into the matchup on the strength of a six-match unbeaten streak. The Knights have outscored their opponents 18-2 during that stretch, snatching four shutouts in the process. All five of USF's wins have been shutouts this season, but the Bulls are still winless on the road.
The programs share much more in common besides the typical details of their rivalry.
UCF senior Ashley Nicol and USF sophomore Erica Burt are both alums of Ponte Vedra High School. Junior midfielder Christiane Endler transferred to USF this year after playing two seasons at VCU under current UCF coaches Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, Tim Sahaydak and Jamie Corti.
UCF freshman Caroline Bado is a native of Tampa while USF midfielder Yaya Martinez (Freedom) and freshman midfielder Daniela Capozza (West Orange) both attended high school in the Orlando area.