On Sunday afternoon No. 19 UCF shut out SMU 4-0 in the American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinals at the UCF Soccer Complex in Orlando, Florida.
The Mustangs, entered the tournament as a nine seed and finished their 2014 campaign with a 7-14-0 overall record and a 2-7-0 mark in conference play.
UCF (16-3-0, 8-1-0 The American) scored three goals in the first ten minutes of play and never looked back.
“They got behind us right away,” said Head Coach Chris Petrucelli. “They were good. Bottom line is that they were good.”
Junior Ashley Spivey got the party started for the Knights with a goal in the third minute when she fired a loose ball from inside the six-yard box.
Six minutes later senior Kayla Darden’s header put the Knights up 2-0.
Then Spivey placed a shot in to the lower right corner of the net a minute later.
SMU managed to stop the bleeding a bit and held UCF to only one more goal in the remaining 80 minutes by forcing the Knights into making turnovers.
“That was the approach we wanted,” Petrucelli said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen until we were down three goals. They’re a great team. To go down three, it’s a long way back.”
The Mustang’s best chance to get on the board came in the 49th minute, when Olivia Elliott fired a free kick from 30 yards out but missed high.
By the end of the day, UCF outshot the Mustangs 13-4.
For seniors Bodden, Elliott and Rikki Clarke it was their final game for SMU.
“They [the seniors] were good. They gave it everything they had,” said Petrucelli. “We were never whole this season. We never had our full team, but everyone faces those kinds of things. The good thing is that a lot of the young players got to play a lot. I think we have a pretty bright future.”