Oct. 27, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs and No. 19 UCF Knights evenly for most of the 90 minutes of action, but UCF's lone goal at the beginning of the second half was enough to give the Knights a 1-0 win at Westcott Field on Sunday afternoon.
SMU fell to 8-8-1 (3-5-1 American Athletic Conference) while UCF clinched the regular season conference title, moving to 15-2-2 (8-0-1).
After a scoreless first half that featured just five total shots, UCF got on the board quickly in the second frame with a goal by Kayla Adamek. Adamek received a cross from Tatiana Coleman and directed it past SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden from about five yards out.
The Mustangs appeared to have an edge early, providing the game's first two scoring chances. A corner kick by Courtney Smith bounced in the box before Shelby Redman found it near the left post. Redman took a shot at goal, but a UCF defender got in the way to set up another SMU corner. Taylor Barg would take the corner from the left of the goal, leading to a shot from Rikki Clarke at the top of the box that was saved by Knights goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado.
SMU had a couple of great chances to tie the game after UCF took the lead. In the 78th minute, Smith retrieved the ball on the left flank and made a move toward the center of the field. The left-footed defender took a right-footed shot toward the far top corner, but Maldonado was able to get her fingertips on the ball to deflect it away from danger. In the 84th minute, Shelby Redman was able to take the ball down the left side and get all the way to end line, where she popped a ball up into the center of the box for Kelsey Gorney, who contacted the ball up in the air. The ball arced up and fell down off the crossbar back into play, away from any SMU attackers.
Prior to the match, five SMU seniors were honored during Senior Day ceremonies. Amelia Ambrose, Jessica Bartol, Taylor Robinson, Smith and Bodden were all recognized and joined on the field by family and friends. The team also wore pink jerseys in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with the jerseys auctioned off during the match. A total of $1,220 was raised for Relay For Life.
With the defeat, SMU finishes the regular season eighth in the American. SMU will take on ninth-seeded Temple in the first round of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship. The game will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday in Orlando, Fla. With a win, SMU will earn a prompt rematch with the Knights on Sunday afternoon.