MIAMI (Aug. 28, 2015) – A battle of possession all night, the FIU women’s soccer team (1-2) was edged out by the No. 20 UCF Knights, 1-0, on Friday night.
“I thought it was a good effort against a very good team,” said Head Coach Thomas Chestnutt. “They’re number 20 for a reason, and I think the girls put a good showing of themselves. Certainly there are things we could do better and things we will work on, but we created opportunities to at least get a result. We have to execute a little bit bitter and when we get that accomplished, things will be rolling for us.”
An aggressive first 10 minutes saw the Panthers work the first true opportunity of the match with a corner just after the 10-minute mark. Junior Ellen Crist crossed the ball into play, which connected with juniorTalia McMurtrie‘s head, but the shot grazed the crossbar high. Sophomore Nevena Stojakovic kept the score nil-nil with 15 minutes elapsed with a diving stop towards the post on a one-on-one situation. FIU was able to create its chances throughout the first half and ended the stanza with a slight, 3-2, edge in shots.
The Knights broke the draw with 55 minutes spent when Ashley Spivey put the ball into the upper corner off a pass from Kayla Adamek. Junior Alyssa Robinson tried to find the equalizer in the 68th minute. After juking her defender just inside the 18, the Pembroke Pines, Fla., native took a step and fired a shot with a little too much height to find the back of the net. Senior Madlen Weinhardt took a free kick from 30 yards out in the 84th minute but the Panthers couldn’t connect on the other end of the play. Freshman Lyrik Fryerdrove down the field several times in the final 10 minutes of regulation, but the Knights’ defense was able to counter her speed.
The Panthers travel to the state of Ohio next week, as FIU is slated to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday night from Columbus.
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