UCF Unable to Get Past ECU at C-USA Championship
A late goal was not enough Wednesday as the fourth-seeded UCF women's soccer team fell 2-1 to fifth-seed East Carolina in the Conference USA Championship quarterfinals at Mike Rose Soccer Stadium. The Knights (11-4-5) finished with a 19-11 shot advantage, but were not able to get past the Pirates and move on to the semifinals.
UCF Opens Road Trip with Scoreless Draw at Marshall
The UCF women's soccer team opened its weekend road swing Friday by playing to a 0-0 double overtime draw at Marshall in Conference USA play at Sam Hood Field. The Knights (7-2-4, 2-1-2 C-USA) finished with a 23-9 shot advantage, but were unable to score on the road.
"It's not hitting me because I still think we have so much more of the season left," Radovcic said. "I have mixed emotions - happy and sad - but I'm really excited for Friday and Sunday."
The Knights (11-4-1, 5-3-0) will face East Carolina (8-5-3, 4-1-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. before their pink match against Marshall (6-9-1, 2-5-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday. UCF head coach Amanda Cromwell will speak at the Susan G. Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure held on campus Sunday morning, and 500 complementary tickets for the Knights' match against the Herd will be distributed to the 5K participants.
UCF hopes to pack the stands to give the senior class a proper sendoff. The first 250 fans in attendance for Friday's match will receive fan clappers. On Sunday, prizes will be raffled, including two Blue Man Group tickets, two free weeks of airport parking, 10 free Chick-fil-A sandwich coupons and more. Team autograph sessions will be held after both matches.
During their tenure, the quartet helped the Knights capture two Conference USA regular-season championships, earn a berth to Elite Eight last season for the first time in 24 years and guide UCF to its highest national ranking in two decades.
Through it all, Radovcic said the seniors have formed a tight bond, made memories and learned how to succeed not only on the field, but in life.
"I think the biggest lesson that I've learned since I've been here is you have to be willing to bet on you before anyone else will," Radovcic said. "People can motivate you, but if you aren't confident in yourself, you're not going to get anywhere."
The Knights hope to build momentum off their last outing when they topped UTEP, 1-0, for their ninth shutout victory of the season.
The Pirates are riding a five-match unbeaten streak into Friday's game, but they have not scored a goal in their last three outings. ECU junior keeper Christiane Cordero was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks. In eight league games, she has allowed just two goals (both to No. 25 Memphis) and has posted seven shutouts with 50 saves and a 0.23 goals against average.
Marshall, which will finish out the regular season on the road, has not won a match since Sept. 28. Chelsey Maiden and Erin Simmons lead the team with six goals each, and Lindsey Kerns has played every minute between the posts this season.