UCF Defeats @UMTigerSoccer 2-1 in Overtime
Nov. 9, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - Abdi Yusuf scored seven minutes into the first overtime to give UCF a 2-1 win over Memphis (9-8-1) in an American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon.
Yusuf broke into the box and slipped the ball into the net past a diving Cody Uzcategui to end the contest in the 96th minute.
Junior forward Fakhry Khulfan gave Memphis a 1-0 lead in the 73rd minute with his fourth goal of the season. Mark Sherrod won an aerial challenge and flicked the ball forward to Khulfan in the box. Khulfan was able to sidestep a defender and put the ball past UCF goalkeeper Sebastian Evers and put Memphis on top.
UCF's Romario Williams scored his 10th goal of the season to tie the game at one in the 77th minute. Williams capitalized on a loose ball in the box and shot past Uzcategui.
Yusuf's golden goal helped the Knights improve to 8-4-5 on the season. UCF advances to the American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship semifinals next weekend in Frisco, Texas.
Memphis controlled possession for much of the first half. The Tigers earned four corners in the first 25 minutes of the contest.
In the 23rd minute, sophomore defender Quincy Thomas made a great run down the near sideline to earn a corner. After the kick by Liam Collins, the ball was loose in the UCF box, but was cleared before a Tiger could get a foot to it.
Memphis got the first shot on goal in the 29th minute. After a sustained period of possession in the UCF zone, the Tigers earned a free kick after a UCF foul. Collins took the free kick just outside of the box and got his shot on target, but Evers was able to make the save.
The Tigers had another chance two minutes later. Shane Keely delivered a cross into the box that Khulfan headed toward the net, but Evers again made the save.
The Memphis defense held UCF without a shot in the first half. The back four, led by senior center back J.J. Greer, made several strong plays to thwart UCF chances.
In the 38th minute, Greer dispossessed Williams of the ball after the UCF forward made a run towards the box. Greer was able to slide in and kick the ball out of bounds.
Uzcategui was called into action just after halftime. Williams connected on a header in the 46th minute, but Uzcategui made a diving save to keep the match scoreless.
Khulfan's 73rd-minute goal came after more pressure by the Tigers offense. Sherrod and Khulfan linked up on the play, as both forwards made strong individual plays to produce the goal. Sherrod got space to win the header, and Khulfan finished after a nice move past a UCF defender.
Yusuf's goal in the 96th minute came on the only shot in the overtime period by either team.