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UCF Knights men's soccer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

UCF Knights
men's soccer
2019 UCF Knights men's soccer team
UCF Knights logo.svg
Founded1975
UniversityUniversity of Central Florida
Head coachScott Calabrese (2nd season)
ConferenceThe American
LocationOrlando, FL
StadiumUCF Soccer and Track Stadium
(Capacity: 2,000)
NicknameUCF Knights
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
         
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Round of 16
2019
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
1982, 1983, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
1979, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2004
Conference Regular Season championships
2003, 2004, 2018, 2019

The UCF Knights men's soccer program represents the University of Central Florida in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I. The Knights compete in the American Athletic Conference (The American) and play their home games on UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida at the UCF Soccer and Track Stadium.[2] The Knights are currently led by head coach Scott Calabrese.[3]

History

The Knights soccer program began in 1975 under Jim Rudy. The Knights went 10–4–1 that year, defeating St. Leo in their first match 8–0.[4] In 1984, the team made the move to Division I. The Knights were nationally ranked for the first time during the 2010 season, and rose to a program high of No. 8 during the 2011 season.[4][5][6]

The Knights have an all-time record of 332–259–51 (86–71–17).[4]

Stadium

The Knights play their home games at the UCF Soccer and Track Stadium which is a part of Knights Plaza, located on the north end of UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida. The soccer field is made of natural grass and measures 347 feet (106 m) x 200 feet (61 m).[7]

In 2011, the stadium was heavily renovated, boasting a 2,000 seat capacity with a new 1,475-seat stand, press box, 7,500 square feet (700 m2) clubhouse, restrooms and new entrance on the west side of the facility. The original 500-seat stand was retained as a visitors' stand.[8]

Roster

As of September 26, 2019[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Yannik Oettl
3 United States FW Cal Jennings
4 United States DF Jack McCloskey
5 Costa Rica DF Andres Hernandez Betancur
6 France DF Yanis Leerman
7 Ghana FW Richard Amon
8 Israel MF Yoni Sorokin
9 Switzerland FW Jonas Schmalbach
10 France MF Louis Perez
11 France FW Hattabiou Barry
12 Brazil MF Gregorio Ibanez
13 United States MF Josiah Ramirez
14 Brazil MF Gianluca Arcangeli
15 England DF Gideon Adu-Peprah
No. Position Player
16 Puerto Rico MF Beto Ydrach
17 Costa Rica FW Gino Vivi
18 Israel DF Itzik Efraim
19 United States MF Andrew Lizyness
20 Costa Rica MF Mauricio Villalobos Vega
21 United States FW Brandon Golding
22 Canada MF Jeremy Di Lallo
23 Norway MF Thomas Ness
24 United States DF Jonathan Dean
25 United States GK Matt Douglass
26 Brazil GK Bernardo Brandão
28 Argentina FW Franco Loello
29 United States FW Jose Aldaco, Jr.
31 Mexico DF Glademir Mendoza

Coaches

Tenure Coach Seasons Record Pct.
1975–1988 Jim Rudy 14 139–62–17 .638
1989–1992 Bill Barker 4 27–39–4 .386
1993–2004 Bob Winch 12 112–100–16 .491
2005–2006 Brent Erwin 2 13–17–3 .394
2007–2016 Bryan Cunningham 6 57–53–20 .515
Totals 5 coaches 39 seasons 348–271–59 .557
Records are through the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Season.

Seasons

Season Coach Record Notes
Overall Conference
Independent
1975 Jim Rudy 10–4–1
1976 15–1–1
Sunshine State Conference
1977 Jim Rudy 11–4–0 4–0–0
1978 4–8–0 1–2–0
1979 8–7–0 3–1–0 Sunshine State Tournament Champions
1980 12–3–1 3–0–0 Sunshine State Tournament Champions
1981 10–3–1 3–1–1 Sunshine State Tournament Champions
1982 10–4–2 4–3–0 NCAA Division II Tournament
1983 12–4–3 4–2–0 NCAA Division II Tournament
Independent
1984 Jim Rudy 8–5–3
1985 10–2–3
1986 9–5–1
1987 10–8–0
1988 10–4–1
1989 Bill Barker 6–10–2
1990 8–10–0
1991 5–13–0
1992 8–6–2
Trans America Athletic Conference/Atlantic Sun Conference
1993 Bob Winch 4–10–1 3–4–0
1994 9–10–2 2–3–1
1995 5–11–1 2–3–1
1996 10–7–1 4–2–0 TAAC East Division Champions
1997 12–6–0 3–5–0
1998 13–7–0 6–1–0
1999 12–7–0 3–3–0
2000 2–14–3 1–4–1
2001 12–7–0 4–3–0
2002 10–8–3 5–2–1 Atlantic Sun Tournament Champions; NCAA First round
2003 12–6–3 6–2–1 Atlantic Sun Regular Season and Tournament Champions;
NCAA Second round
2004 11–7–2 7–2–0 Atlantic Sun Regular Season and Tournament Champions;
NCAA Second round
Conference USA
2005 Brent Erwin 7–8–1 2–6–1
2006 6–9–2 3–3–2
2007 Bryan Cunningham 4–12–2 0–6–2
2008 7–11–1 3–4–1
2009 6–7–3 2–5–1
2010 12–5–3 4–1–3 NCAA Second round
2011 12–6–3 4–3–1 NCAA Second round
2012 8–7–3 5–3–0
American Athletic Conference
2013 Bryan Cunningham 8–5–5 4–1–3
2014 Bryan Cunningham 2–10–6 1–3–4
2015 Bryan Cunningham 7–8–2 3–4–1
2016 Bryan Cunningham 5–11–0 5–3–0
2017 Scott Calabrese 8–6–2 4–2–1
2018 Scott Calabrese 13–3–3 5–1–1 American Regular Season Champions; NCAA Second round
2019 Scott Calabrese 15–3–2 6–0–1 American Regular Season Champions; NCAA Third round
Totals 356–277–61 99–77–21 660 games (.557)
Records are through the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Season.

Alumni

UCF has produced a number of notable soccer stars. Most notably, Eric Vasquez, Sean Johnson and Ryan McIntosh.[10] Vasquez, who made his professional soccer debut with the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer, later played for Miami FC in the United Soccer Leagues' First Division and the Orlando Sharks of the Major Indoor Soccer League before retiring due to injury.[11] Former Knights Goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh initially played with D.C. United, and after a year with the D.C. United Reserve team, McIntosh signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks of USL Division One, where he led the team to the league final.[12][13][14] Both players were a part of the 2004 Central Florida Kraze amateur soccer team that won the Premier Development League's championship by defeating the Boulder Rapids Resevers, 1-0 at the UCF soccer stadium.[15]

Sean Johnson, another former UCF goalkeeper, joined the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in 2010.[16] He was a member of the United States U-20 men's national soccer team which qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Colors | University of Central Florida Brand Guide". Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  2. ^ McMurphy, Brett. "Old Big East now American Athletic". ESPN. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  3. ^ UCF Knights – Official Athletics Site – Men's Soccer Roster. Ucfathletics.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c 2011 UCF Men's Soccer Yearbook. Issuu.com (September 14, 2011). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  5. ^ No. 8 UCF's Historic Unbeaten Streak Halted. Ucfathletics.com (September 24, 2011). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "UCF in the midst of its best sports year ever". Orlando Sentinel. December 27, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  7. ^ UCF Soccer and Track Stadium. Ucfathletics.cstv.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  8. ^ UCF to Open New Stadium With Thursday's Twilight Meet. Ucfathletics.cstv.com (May 3, 2011). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  9. ^ "2019 Men's Soccer Roster". ucfknights.com. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Salvas, Pat (January 25, 2011). "Former UCF Goalkeeper Sean Johnson Makes Debut with U.S. Men's National Team". UCFAthletics.com. Orlando, Florida: University of Central Florida. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  11. ^ UCF Athletics Player Bio: Eric Vasquez. Ucfathletics.com (November 18, 1982). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  12. ^ Ryan McIntosh. D.C.United (March 28, 2006). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  13. ^ Silverbacks Edge Out Charlotte In 1-0 Win. Atlantasilverbacks.com (June 26, 2007). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  14. ^ Sounders Win Championship Rematch. Soccernet.espn.go.com (May 5, 2008). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  15. ^ Central Florida Wins 2004 PDL Title. Pdl.uslsoccer.com (August 7, 2004). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  16. ^ 2010 MLS SuperDraft Archived January 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

External links

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