#18 UCF First Half Enough to Defeat @MemphisWSoccer 4-1
Oct. 20, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. – No. 18 UCF (13-2-2, 6-0-1 American) raced to a 4-0 halftime lead and defeated Memphis (9-7, 2-5 American) 4-1 on Sunday at the UCF Soccer Complex.
In the 10th minute, Memphis earned a free kick on the right side of the pitch and the serve was caught by Knights goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado. Maldonado rolled the ball quickly to the feet of Tatiana Coleman and Coleman went coast to coast and put a strike on frame. Maryse Bard-Martel dove in front of the strike and deflected it away to keep the match scoreless.
UCF continued to pressure the Lady Tigers midfield and defense and the pressure paid off. In the 17th minute, Coleman served a through ball ahead to Lena Petermann and the freshman striker pushed the shot past Bard-Martel to give UCF a 1-0 lead.
Memphis strung together passes to set up a lob in the box to Christabel Oduro, but the pass was just ahead of the feet of Oduro to allow UCF to clear the chance. The Knights capitalized on the missed chance as Coleman served a high-arcing pass ahead to Martin. Coleman served it from midfield and found Martin at the top of the box and the strike to the back right corner of the net gave UCF a 2-0 lead.
The Knights added a third in the 28th minute as Bard-Martel came off her line to pick up a lob at the top of the box. UCF forward Kayla Adamek won the foot race to the ball and lobbed the ball over Bard-Martel and the ball slipped into the net to give UCF a 3-0 lead.
UCF earned a corner kick in the 38th minute and Memphis was unable to clear the chance. After the ball bounced to the left side, Caroline Bado lobbed the ball back into the box and Marleigh Howard put it away to give the Knights a 4-0 lead. Bard-Martel finished with four first half saves as the Knights out-shot the U of M 11-0.
Seven minutes into the second half, Memphis put its first shot on the stat sheet and it was a good one as Valerie Sanderson made the score 4-1. Christabel Oduro made a quick touch pass inside the box to Sanderson and the freshman forward slipped it past the UCF keeper for her 11th goal of the season. Oduro was credited with her fourth assist of the year and 23rd of her career.
Memphis finished with four shots on goal in the match, all of which came in the second half. UCF out-shot the U of M 18-6 on the game and put 10 of the 18 shots on goal. Christa Strickland played the second half in goal and logged two saves. Bard-Martel made four saves in the first half.
The Lady Tigers return to Mike Rose Soccer Complex to host Temple on Thursday at 7 p.m.