ORLANDO, Fla. - The FGCU women’s soccer team (5-2-1) will visit the streaking UCF Knights (6-2-1) for one last non-conference match before setting out to defend its Atlantic Sun title. The Knights are riding a five-game win streak while the Eagles will be looking to rectify last season’s 4-0 loss to UCF at home.
On Saturday evening the Eagles saw their 13-game home unbeaten streak come to an end at the hands of Memphis. The Tigers jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead in the first half and would carry that tally into the halftime break.
The Eagles tied the score in the 57th minute when reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Week Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) scored her seventh goal of the year. Shannen Wacker (Parker Colo./Ponderosa HS) stole the ball off a Memphis defender made a move and laid the ball off to Tindell who fired the ball past the Tiger keeper into the right-side of the net.
Memphis would however limit the FGCU chances from that point forward and convert the winning score in the 86th minute to hand the Eagles their first loss since their season opener at then-No. 9 Florida on Aug. 23.
The Knights will welcome the Eagles in the wake of tying No. 10 Georgetown in Washington D.C. on Thursday (Sept. 19). It was the first time the Hoyas had failed to seal a result at home since October 2011. The Knights can boast victories over Washington, Hawai’i, North Florida, Middle Tennessee State, Stetson and Brown in 2013. The offense is averaging just over two goals per game led by Nicolette Radovcic with 12. Jennifer Martin is second with eight scores while Tishia Jewell and Kristina Trujic trail closely behind with seven each. Jewell leads the way in the handout department with 10.
When Last They Met
The last time these two programs met on the pitch was Aug. 19 of last season. UCF jumped ahead early, scoring its first goal of the game just over two minutes in. A header by then-junior Marissa Diggs deflected off a Green and Blue defender and found its way to the back of the net.
The second UCF score came at the 13:15 mark. The Eagles settled in from there and battled until losing some control in the final two minutes of the game. The Knights would net a pair of goals less than a minute apart to seal the deal that night.
Following the trip to Orlando the Eagles will return home for a pair of games to open Atlantic Sun Conference play at the FGCU Soccer Complex next weekend. The defending A-Sun champions will open up conference play with Jacksonville on Friday (Sept. 27) at 7 p.m. before welcoming North Florida on Sunday (Sept. 29) in an afternoon matinee set to begin at 1 p.m.
2013-14 women’s soccer season tickets are now available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. Season tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 3-12). Single-game tickets can also be purchased for $6 per adult and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can receive a discounted rate of $3 per person. FGCU students and faculty/staff are admitted for free with a valid University ID.