Davis' Golden Goal Lifts Memphis Over No. 6 UCF 2-1
Sept. 21, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kylie Davis' golden goal in the 92nd minute helped Memphis (5-3-0) to it's first-ever win over a top-10 foe as the Lady Tigers came back to defeat No. 6 UCF (6-2-1) 2-1 on Friday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Trailing 1-0 at the half, Memphis tallied the equalizer in the 71st minute before Davis lifted Memphis to the win. Christabel Oduro found free space on the left side and played a swift touch inside the box where Davis slipped past the Knights defense to send the winner to the right post. It was Davis' fourth goal on the year and Oduro registered her third assist.
Memphis controlled the pace early in the match as Natalia Gomez-Junco tested UCF goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado just two minutes into the match. Gomez-Junco dribbled to the top of the box on the right side and fired a shot toward the left post, but Maldonado dove to her right to make the save.
The Lady Tigers held a 4-1 shots advantage until Nicolette Radovcic slipped past the U of M defense and finished her sixth goal of the year. Carleigh Williams served the ball into the box and Radovic found a crease in the defense and put the shot inside the left post to give UCF the 1-0 lead.
Out of the halftime break, Memphis nearly equalized, but a shot by Gomez-Junco rolled wide of the right post keeping UCF in the lead 1-0. Oduro received the ball at the top of the box and touched it to Gomez-Junco who had only the keeper to beat.
Back-to-back corner kicks propelled Memphis to a scoring threat that Sarah Daane later converted. A first corner kick was cleared over the goal by UCF resulting in a second on the opposite side of the pitch. Kaitlyn Atkins served the corner and Memphis got off two shots, by Kelley Gravlin and Marissa Duguay, both blocked. Daane gathered the deflection five yards from the top of the box and finished a rocket inside the left post for the equalizer.
Memphis knocks off a top-10 foe for the first time in program history with the win. The two teams remained deadlocked through 90 minutes resulting in the third overtime match in five home encounters against the Knights. The Lady Tigers are now unbeaten in their last 10 conference openers. The U of M is now 85-4-5 when opponents score one or fewer goals.
The Lady Tigers return to the pitch at Mike Rose Stadium, Sunday against Southern Miss at 1 p.m. (CT).