Knights women’s soccer dominates FIU


Courtesy UCF Athletics Communications

Scoring goals was no problem for the UCF women’s soccer team Thursday night as they took home a shutout win 5-0 against FIU at the UCF soccer complex.

Five different Knights were able to find the back of the net to give the team its first home shutout of the year.

“It’s like a dream come true for a coach to have so many people involved,” head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. “We played a lot of people off the bench. Our defense played great and it was nice that we were able to throw some different people up top.”

The Knights improved to (4-3) on the year while FIU fell to (0-5-1)

Senior forward Cortney O’Connell opened the scoring with 16 minutes left in the first half when she was able to get in the box and get the ball to dribble just past the keeper into the back of the net.

Junior forward Hannah DeBose played the role of distributor as she was able to assist on two of the Knights’ five goals.

“Hannah, I am really proud of her,” Roberts Sahaydak said. “… I know she has contributed a lot since she has been here her freshman year and not always getting credit for it because she works so hard off the ball and defends really well for us up top.”

On top of all the scoring, the Knights really defended well as goal keeper Vera Varis was not tested all night in route to her second shutout of the season.

Up next the Knights will take on FGCU on the road Sunday at 1 p.m.