After a closely-contested double overtime game, the UCF women’s soccer team tied 1-1 against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the UCF Soccer Complex Wednesday night.
UCF senior forward Jessica Taylor gave the Knights (0-1-1) an early lead and their first goal of the 2019 season when she put one past Buckeyes' (0-2-1) redshirt freshmen goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz in the 12th minute.
The Knights defended their lead until Buckeyes' junior forward Marissa Birzon scored in the 26th minute.
UCF took five shots during the two overtime periods combined and Ohio State took three, but neither team could get past their opposing goalkeepers or shoot on target.
Taylor said the experience of going into overtime was new for the team.
“With such a new squad, it's really hard to see what our mentality would be going into overtime,” Taylor said. “We fought through it, and didn’t let up a goal and we were all over them. For our team, I’m just super proud of them.”
UCF redshirt freshmen goalkeeper Caroline DeLisle had six saves during the 110 minute match. Although the Buckeyes outshot the Knights, 16-12, UCF had a leg up in corner kicks 9-3.
The Knights' draw comes after losing 1-0 to No. 16 Wisconsin last Thursday at the UCF Soccer Complex.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have made the NCAA tournament nine out of the past ten seasons. UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said playing these big teams gives the Knights the chance to challenge themselves.
“We want to be top 20, top 25 that’s why we have a hard schedule like we do so we can really place ourselves and see where we're at,” Sahaydak said.
Sahaydak said going on the road will give the team a chance to refocus.
“With every game we’re getting exponentially better,” Sahaydak said. “There’s less distraction when you’re on the road because we’re just together as a team. I’m really looking forward to just focusing on each game.”
High school senior Jade Barkett, who is committed to play for the UCF women’s soccer team next year, attended the match Wednesday night. She said it was an exciting and unexpected performance by both teams.
“I thought [UCF] played really well,” Barkett said. “I didn’t expect it to go into overtime in a non-conference game, but they worked together as a team and I loved the energy they brought.”
The Knights will hit the road to Fairfax, Virginia to play George Mason (0-1) University this Sunday.