Many teams that advance deep in the post season have more than likely won some close games. The UCF women's soccer team is hoping to make another deep run into the post season and head coach Amanda Cromwell says winning close games will help her team accomplish that.
Last year, the Knights went to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.
Sunday's 1-0 overtime victory against Georgia was UCF's second overtime win of the season. The other win came against then-No. 12 Miami (FL) and three of the Knights' five victories this season have been by one goal.
"In practice, we train for that," Cromwell said. "So when post season comes we'll feel calm and collected about things and we can play our game."
Senior forward Tishia Jewell scored the game-winning goal against the Bulldogs with under one minute left in overtime. It was her first goal of the season.
"We come together as a team and we never give up," Jewell said. "We keep on going for it and we don't stop. You have to learn how to play no matter what situation we're in."
Cromwell says winning close games is also about staying focused and working together as a team, but there were some other adjustments the team made against UGA increase their chances to succeed.
"We changed the formation at the end of the game to put some pressure on them and we kept that going into overtime," Cromwell said. "We just want to keep doing what we're doing."
The women's soccer team's next opponent is at Boston College on Sept. 9.