Golden Eagle Soccer Falls in Season Final to No. 20 UCF
Oct. 26, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss hosted nationally-ranked Conference USA foe UCF on Friday for their regular season finale but were unable to knock off the No. 20 Knights, falling 4-0, at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
It was the final collegiate game for four Southern Miss seniors, Caitlin Leumas, Jordan Wagner, Tricia Tillman and Kristen Windecker, who came off the field with four minutes remaining to a standing applause from the Black and Gold faithful.
"These four seniors have contributed more than words can describe to this program," said coach Scott Ebke. "I wish we could have sent them out with a victory, but they played extremely hard today and I couldn't ask for more out of any of them."
UCF (14-4-1, 8-3 C-USA) got their first goal in the seventh minute as a corner kick served in by Nicolette Radovcic found its way into the back of the net off the head of a Golden Eagle defender.
The Knights added to their lead in the 14th minute as Radovcic received a pass from nearly 20 yards away from Madison Barney to break away and slip it past a diving Lindsey Schwaner.
Schwaner had a season-high nine saves on the day as the Knights recorded 13 total shots on goal.
After the break, Tyler Law received a pass from Kayla Darden and threaded the needle with her left foot to squeeze the ball inside the right post.
UCF added their final goal in the 87th minute as Alex Piercy took advantage of a misplayed ball in the box to dink it into the lower left corner.
"Overall, I thought we handled their pace and speed very well," Ebke added. "But, they are nationally ranked for a reason and it was clear today why. We grew a lot as the season progressed and every girl on this team continued to battle game in and game out."
Southern Miss (4-12-1, 1-9 C-USA) ended the season on Friday and will return in the spring when they go through their exhibition schedule. Those dates will be announced at a later time.