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Liberty Falls at UCF

August 31, 2018  Orlando, Fla.  RSS
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Kevin Mendoza

Kevin Mendoza

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

  • UCF and Liberty met for the first time on Friday night.
  • Friday night, Liberty played a match in the state of Florida for the first time since 1999 and in head coach Jeff Alder's 18-year tenure. The Flames will visit the Sunshine State two more times in 2018, as they will visit Stetson in DeLand on Sept. 13 and Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers on Oct. 9.
  • Midfielder Kevin Mendoza netted his first goal of the season, Friday night. Mendoza led the Flames with 10 goals in 2017.
  • Matthew Zaczyk assisted on Mendoza's goal. The sophomore has pointed in all three of Liberty's contests this season. He has already posted a career-high five points in 2018.
  • UCF forward Cal Jennings recorded the first hat trick of his career in the contest.
  • Brogan Engbers recorded a career-high five saves in net for the Flames until being replaced by James Knoebel. Engbers made all of his saves in the first half.
  • Knoebel took over in the Liberty net during the 63rd minute. It was the first action this season for the junior.
  • The Flames are now 1-1 on their three-game road swing, the longest of the season. Liberty will compete the swing on Tuesday at ETSU.

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.