The No.19 UCF women’s soccer team lost its first game of the season 0-2 to the Louisiana State University Tigers on Sunday.
“It is early in the season,” Knights Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. “I think we are still learning about ourselves, and I think this loss is going to help us grow as a team moving forward.”
Less than 23 minutes into the game, LSU forward Molly Thompson shot and scored for the Tigers. UCF goalkeeper Caroline DeLisle made the initial save on LSU forward Tinaya Alexander’s shot but was unable to stop the rebound by Thompson.
“It was a great way for Molly Thompson to get on the score sheet for us,” Tigers Head Coach Sian Hudson said. “She’s a warrior inside the 18 for us.”
Back from halftime, UCF forward Mallory Olsson had a hopeful goal. However, LSU goalkeeper Mollee Swift, who ended up making two saves in the game, saved it.
Five minutes into the second half of the game, LSU doubled its lead when Alexander shot and scored a goal after a pass from LSU midfielder Athena Kuehn. It was a big day for Alexander, who tallied a goal and an assist.
Late in the second half, three yellow cards were handed out, two of which were on UCF. LSU applied pressure most of the game and outshot the Knights 16-10. Sahaydak said DeLisle maintained the Knights' presence in the game all day, with the team accumulating eight saves in total, which is a season-high.
“Caroline had a great game,” Sahaydak said. “She kept us in the game. I think it could have been worse than 2-0.”
UCF had several shots throughout the game, but only two of them were on goal.
“We didn’t create a lot of opportunities today,” Sahaydak said. “I think when we got in the box, we lost the plot. We have to refocus on the details.”
With this loss, the Knights move to a season total of 2-1, while LSU improves its season total to 4-0.
The Knights will have a chance to redeem themselves on Thursday, as they go up against the Ohio State University at 5 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.