The UCF Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than 14 minutes into the game and went on to defeat the Liberty Flames 4-1 at the UCF Soccer Complex, Friday night.
Knight forward Cal Jennings tallied three goals on the night, while midfielder Kevin Mendoza netted the Flames' marker.
Liberty drops to 2-1 on the year. UCF, the American Athletic Conference preseason favorite, moves to 2-1.
Scoring Summary 12' – UCF - Cal Jennings (assisted by Gorka Aperribay)
14' – UCF - Jennings (assisted by Louis Perez) 19' – LIBERTY - Kevin Mendoza (assisted by Matthew Zaczyk)
22' – UCF - Aperribay (unassisted)
67' – UCF - Jennings (assisted by Hattabiou Barry)
Turning Point After Kevin Mendoza cut Liberty's deficit to 2-1 with a goal in the 19th minute, Gorka Apperibay netted a block shot to extend the Knights' lead back to two goals, less than four minutes later.
Key Stats & Notes
Up Next Liberty travels to Johnson City, Tenn., for a match with the ETSU Buccaneers on Tuesday. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m.