With back-to-back regular season conference titles, the UCF women’s soccer team hoped for a good start against conference foe Temple as it vies for a three-peat.
In a tough, grind it out sort of game, the Knights (6-2-1) were able to prevail against the Owls (8-3-0) Thursday night, 1-0, snapping Temple’s four-game winning streak.
The Knights got their only goal of the night when redshirt sophomore Kayla Adamek was able to control a bouncing ball and took a shot from the top of the box. The ball went in the far post just past the diving Owl’s keeper.
“No I didn’t (know it was in) I just chested it to my right foot and got the volley off and luckily it went in far post,” Adamek said.
The Knights have been dominant in conference play since entering the American in 2013, posting a 17-1-1 record during league play.
The Knights have been tested along the way, though, and Temple did not go away easy as it pressured UCF into the final seconds of the game. They were able to shut down Temple’s Kelly Farrell, who leads the NCAA in scoring this season.
“Temple has a strong squad this year and they really pressed us in the second half and put us under some pressure,” head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. “At the end of the day, we got the win, and we did our job.”
The Knights have historically been able to shut down the Owls and have outscored them 10-1 in their short four-game series history.
UCF will move forward and begin preparing for a big conference matchup against No. 20 UConn on Sunday.
“We celebrate the win for about one night, and then we have to move on,” Roberts Sahaydak said. “They put us under a lot of pressure and we have a bit of a rivalry with them since we did not get a win against them last year. So I know the team is pumped, and I am sure they are already thinking about them.”
The Knights will play host to the UConn Huskies Sunday at 1 p.m.
Matthew Saunders is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.