CORAL GABLES, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) — After watching its 3-0 halftime lead erase to Miami in the 87th minute, the UCF women’s soccer team headed into overtime Sunday with a new resolve. And the Knights came through in a big way.
Senior Ashley Spivey netted the game-winner with 6:33 minutes left in double overtime, lifting the team to a 4-3 win and its third victory in a row.
“I was little concerned because after you give up three goals in one half and allow a team to come back on you and tie the game, you have choices to make,” UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. “We could have been deflated. I let the team do some of the talking before they went out for the second overtime and their energy was good. They were ready to get the job done. They took initiative and I think the belief was strong and overall that came through.”
UCF put on a scoring clinic in the first half as three Knights tallied their first goals of the year. But remnants of tropical storm Erika had bands of rain cycling through the first half and caused a 35-40 minute delay just before the second period began.
The break seemed to breathe life into the Hurricanes, and they capitalized when Erin McGovern (54′, 87′) and Amy Schmidt (83′) rallied to push overtime.
UCF managed to find some of its spark from the first half and apply it in the overtime periods. The Knights nabbed their first win at Miami in a decade and extended their unbeaten streak to six straight in the series.
“In our last game against FIU we lost sight of the process and what it takes to score goals and get the result. I think what was different today was we focused on the process,” Roberts Sahaydak said. “We focused on the simple things, on possessing the ball, limiting the unforced errors and just being more deliberate and composed. We had something to prove to ourselves — that we can play better soccer than we did on Friday.”
• UCF started strong by netting all three of their goals in the first half.
• Junior forward Carol Rodrigues struck in the 10th minute when she headed in Saga Fredriksson’s free kick just past the diving keeper.
• Senior Madison Barney, who missed the last two years with an ACL injury, scored her first goal on Sunday since she was a rookie in 2011. After a missed clearance by a Miami defender, Barney sent a low ball from the top of the box to the back of the net in the 19th minute.
• Freshman Jessica Taylor recorded her first collegiate goal on a beautiful left-footed finish in the 26th minute. Rodrigues airmailed a ball to Taylor rushing down the right side of the field, and with a defender on her hip she connected to the far post.
Starting Lineup Mashup
• The Knights have used a different starting lineup in all four matches this year.
• On Sunday, redshirt senior Madison Barney received her first nod of the season, returning to the field as a starter for the first time since 2012.
• UCF concludes its longest road trip of the year on Sept. 4 at Ole Miss. • The Knights have only visited the Rebels once before in 2007 and came away with a 3-2 win. • It will mark the second SEC opponent the Knights have faced this year after their Top-20 showdown in the season opener against Florida.