ORLANDO, Fla. – The Stetson women’s soccer team struggled to find its footing on the road at UCF Friday night, falling to the Knights by a score of 4-0 for the Hatters’ third loss of the season.
“They’re a good team, but I was disappointed in the goals that we gave up,” Stetson head coach Manoj Khettry said. “Every single goal they had was preventable on our part. We knew they were going to get chances, we knew that they were going to have more possession of the ball, but when they scored it was because we tuned out.”
UCF, which was receiving votes in the most recent national poll, controlled much of the action in the first half, but the Hatters continued to thwart the Knights’ attack.
With just under 25 minutes to play in the first, the Hatters were under fire, but came out unscathed as senior Victoria Troccoli made a diving save to stop a free kick from just outside the box by Jennifer Martin.
Moments later Troccoli came out to challenge a corner by UCF and was able to punch it away safely to keep the game knotted at 0-0.
Less than 10 minutes later UCF had a number of chances to score, but it was the Hatter defenders getting the job done, making a pair team saves on the goal line. Unfortunately for Stetson, UCF finally got on the board on the ensuing corner kick to make it 1-0.
Kayla Adamek scored the first of her two first period goals in the 30th minute to give the Knights the advantage, and then made it 2-0 just over five minutes later. Ashley Nicol assisted on the first Adamek score, while Amanda Wilkin was credited with the helper on the second.
Stetson came out strong in the second half, staying even with the Knights for 25 minutes of action. UCF finally added to its lead in the 72nd minute when Taylor Townsend scored off of an Ashley Nicol shot that rebounded out to the six yard line.
The Knights put the game away with just 10 minute remaining. UCF’s Wilkin beat Troccoli on an assist by Lena Petermann to give the Knights the 4-0 victory.
“It’s good for us to play good, quality teams, because obviously the goal is to prepare for conference play,” Khettry said. “I want us to never be afraid of playing another team. If we’re going to get this program where we think it belongs, we have to play good teams, but we also have to be confident in playing our style against those teams.”
Stetson will now have a week off before staying on the road to take on Eastern Michigan and Detroit next weekend.