Women's Soccer Falls to UCF in Season Opener, 2-0
Friday, August 21, 2009 | by Chris Perry

ORLANDO, Fla. – After a two hour weather delay, the FGCU Women’s Soccer team fell 2-0 to UCF at the UCF Soccer Complex in Orlando, Fla. Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla.) recorded eight saves, a career and FGCU single game record.

The Eagles now sit 2-1 in their season opener dating back to their inaugural season in 2007.

“We played very well,” said head coach Jim Blankenship.”We were in it for most of the match. This was a great start for us as a team to play this type of opponent. This was a great test for us especially early in the season.”

UCF got off the first shot of the night as Katie Jackson took a shot from 25-yards out that sailed just over the top of the net in the sixth minute.

Powers notched her first save of the 2009 season in the 23rd minute. UCF’s Yvonne George sent a shot from the top left corner of the box but Powers was able to slide over near the left post to make the save.

After a loose ball, Caytlan MacKenzie (Calgary, Alberta Canada) took a shot from the right wing that sailed just right of the net in the 29th minute.

With less than four minutes remaining in the first half, freshman Jessica Swatrzentruber (Sarasota, Fla.) took her first collegiate shot that was saved by UCF goalkeeper Aline Reis near the left post.

At the half, UCF held the advantage in shots 5-2 as Powers had three saves.

In the second half, UCF fired off five shots in the first six minutes of the half. Powers saved two shots to keep the Knights off the board.

Powers came up with her sixth save of the night as she was able deflect a one-on-one shot just wide of the net with 24 minutes remaining in the match.

UCF would take the lead in the 67th minute, Katie Jackson sent a shot from 21 yards out just over Powers' outstretched arms the give the Knights the 1-0 lead.

Freshman Danielle Faller (Elizabethtown, Penn.) took the Eagles first shot of the second half from the right wing that went wide right in the 78th minute.

In the 85th minute, sophomore Midfielder Amanda Goble (Lutz, Fla.) sent a great ball from the right wing that went just inches over the center of the crossbar.

UCF added their second goal of the match in the 85th minute. Nikke Moore found Andrea Rodrigues in the middle of the box; Rodrigues’ shot found the left side of the net to put the Knights up 2-0.

In the match, the Eagles were held to just five shots. Powers recorded eight saves, a career and single game record.

The Eagles travel south to face the University of Miami on Tuesday Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Coral Gables, Fla.