UCF Women's Soccer Closes 2013 Ranked in Top 25

Dec. 10, 2013

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF women's soccer team landed itself in the final NSCAA top-25 national poll of the 2013 season on Tuesday afternoon. The Knights (16-3-4), who won the first American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships, finished the year at No. 22.

The Knights have been either ranked or received votes in every NSCAA weekly poll since Dec. 6, 2011.

UCF is the only American Athletic Conference program among the top 25. UCLA, who won its first NCAA women's soccer title, finished the year at No. 1 followed by Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

UCF was also listed at No. 13 in the RPI rankings, which rates more than 325 teams based upon their wins, losses and strength of schedule.

The Knights compiled one of their most successful seasons in school history. The team rolled on a school-record, 18-straight-unbeaten match streak, posted its first undefeated conference season since 1999 and clinched a national seed in its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament berth.

In individual honors, Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak was named The American's Coach of the Year in her first season at the helm of the program. Senior Marissa Diggs earned her second All-American distinction in addition to her second conference Defensive Player of the Year crown while freshman Lena Petermann was named the league's Rookie of the Year.

Thanks to their outstanding work on the field, the Knights finished the year among the top 25 teams nationally in several statistical categories:

Category  Rank  (Stat)
Goals Against Average  13th (.585)
W-L-T Percentage  17th (.783)
Scoring Offense  23rd (2.22)
Points  25th (6.39)



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