UCF Men’s Soccer downs No. 22 UConn

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The UCF Men’s Soccer team hasn’t been beaten in four games, and its latest conquest over the No. 22 UConn Huskies came in 3-2 fashion in front of a sold-out crowd on the road at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.

The Knights (4-5-2, 2-2-1 AAC) got a big game from sophomore forward Cal Jennings who registered two goals and an assist.

UCF took the lead in the third minute when Jennings scored his fourth goal of the season off an assist from freshman forward Hattabiou Barry.

The Knights would go into the half up 1-0 despite being out-shot 5-4.

Senior forward Matias Pyysalo changed that though, scoring from 10 yards-out off a Cal Jennings pass early in the second half to double the UCF lead.

UConn (7-5-2, 4-1-0 AAC), who came into the game atop the American Athletic Conference, cut the lead to 2-1 just minutes later in the 58th minute on a goal from Dylan Greenberg. The Knights would re-establish their two-goal lead in the 72nd minute on Jennings’ second goal of the game.

The Huskies would make it interesting late as Josh Burnett would once again cut the UCF lead to one in the 78th minute. UConn had a couple chances to tie it late in the game, but could not find the equalizer.

UCF sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Rosenberg finished the game with five saves.

The Knights are back at home on Tuesday when they take on the FAU Owls. The Knights are now only two points behind the fourth place Temple Owls, and five points behind the two first place teams, including UConn.



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