ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 9 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team will face host-team and top-seeded UCF Sunday, Nov. 10 in the 2013 American Athletic Conference Championship Final.
The Scarlet Knights will play in their first conference title game since the 2006 season, when current assistant Meg Ryan was a captain on the squad. RU last won a conference title in 1992 as a member of the ECAC.
Kickoff for the match will be at noon, as the action will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
The Scarlet Knights (13-4-3, 5-3-1) and Knights (16-3-2, 8-0-1) played earlier this season in the first meeting between the two schools since 1990. UCF won, 2-1, despite RU leading for the first 62:21 minutes of action.
Since that match, UCF has not trailed in any match.
RU enters the match on a three-match unbeaten streak, as the defense and redshirt goalkeeper Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) have allowed just one goal in that span.
Rutgers Quick Kicks
• Rutgers will take on UCF in its first conference final since the 2006 season when current assistant coach Meg Ryan was a captain on the squad. The team fell, 4-2, to Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Championships.
• The Scarlet Knights led for the first 62:21 minutes of action against UCF in the first meeting between the two schools. Since then UCF has not trailed in its last 497.79 minutes of soccer, spanning more than five matches.
• UCF has trailed just two conference opponents this season: Cincinnati for 11:06 and RU for 62:21 minutes.
• RU advanced by penalty kicks against Memphis for the first time since advancing, 4-2, over Oklahoma State in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 16, 2008.
UCF enters the match on a 17-match unbeaten streak (14-0-3). The Knights have not lost to any conference opponent this season, going 8-0-1 during the regular season and 1-0-1 in the conference tournament beating SMU, 3-0, and tying USF, 0-0, before advancing by PKs.
Since conference play began on Oct. 4, UCF has not allowed more than one goal in a match. The Knights’ 11 goals allowed this season are the fewest of any team.
The Knights enter the American Finals with two nine-goal strikers in Tatiana Coleman and Kayla Adamek. UCF’s 50 goals are the second-most scored in conference this season. Coleman, Adamek and Lena Petermann have each recorded at least 20 points this season. The Knights are the only team in conference with three 20-point players.
UCF goalkeeper Lianne Maldanado is one of the top goalkeepers in the conference. She boasts a 0.51 GAA and .842 save percentage this season, both top marks in the league.
Series vs. The Knights
RU is 0-3 all-time against UCF after dropping a 2-1 contest earlier this season in the first meeting between the two schools since Sept. 29, 1990.
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