Top Defenses on Display at UCF Soccer Complex This Weekend

Oct. 3, 2013

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The No. 22/24 UCF women's soccer team continues its American Athletic Conference slate this weekend against some fellow defensively solid squads. The Knights (8-2-1, 1-0-0) host UConn (8-4-0, 2-0-0) Friday at 7 p.m. before closing their four-match homestand Sunday against Temple (6-4-1, 1-1-0) at 1 p.m.

Temple owns the league lead with seven shutouts, and UCF and UConn are close behind with six apiece.

The Knights, who returned to the top-25 in three national polls earlier this week, are riding a league best seven-game unbeaten streak, which includes four shutouts during that span.

Friday's meeting marks UConn's return to Orlando for the first time since the 1982 NCAA Tournament semifinals. UCF sent the Huskies home with a 3-1 decision to advance to the national title game.

UConn is off to its best start to a conference season since 2007 after it picked up wins over SMU and Houston last weekend. Freshman Rachel Hill paces the league and is among the nation's top 20 for goals this season with nine.

Temple's strength lies in its defensive game as the Owls rank among the nation's top 15 programs in goals-against average, shutout percentage and save percentage. Sophomore goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff is the figurehead of that unit, standing among the nation's top 20 in both save percentage (No. 15; .886) and goals-against average (No. 18; .441) heading into competition this weekend.

Sunday's game will serve as the Pink game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday, UCF Athletics will be distributing 1,000 free tickets for Sunday's game during registration for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure being held on campus. UCF Athletics will have a tent set up at IOA Plaza beginning at 10 a.m.