FRIDAY, JULY 07, 2000
TAAC Championship Teams A Repeat Of Last Year

November 5, 1999

ORLANDO - Jacksonville University (12-7, 7-2) and the University of Central Florida (14-5-1, 8-0-1) recorded shut-outs in the semifinals of the Trans America Athletic Conference Tournament to advance to the championship game, Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

The two teams faced each other in a similar situation at last year's tournament, with UCF earning bragging rights after a 1-0 win. JU, the no. 3 seed, upset no. 2 Georgia State University with a 2-0 decision, after having lost to the Panthers 3-2 earlier in the season. No. 1 UCF sailed through the semifinals with a 4-0 win over No. 4 Jacksonville State University, the team who had ruined the Golden Knights' perfect conference record with a 0-0 tie in the regular season.

First team All-TAAC honoree, Stine Kloster (Stavanger, Norway) of JU knocked in her 11th goal of the season in the second minute of the game off a pass from fellow first-team honoree Marit Foss (Hamresanden, Norway). Kloster blew past the GSU defenders to go one-on-one versus goalkeeper Jennifer Espinal. Five minutes before the ending of the first half, Foss dished another pass, this time finding Dianne Scott (Houston, Texas) who scored on another JU breakaway. The score was 2-0 entering the half and remained throughout the end of the game, as JU goalkeeper Kristen Kirsch recorded 11 saves for the game.

"We just tried to score first. Today we worked hard and got good results early, which kept us motivated to play and win," said JU head coach Michael Johnson. "We remembered how bad loosing to Georgia State felt, and we swore we would not let it happen again." JU will have to keep the momentum going, as they prepare to face UCF in the final. UCF defeated the Dolphins 4-0 halfway through the season.

In the first half of Friday's second semifinal, UCF's Amanda King (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS) fired the game-winning-goal, her first of the season, off a deflected pass from team point leader and second team All-TAAC selectee Claire Kohake (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley HS). The half ended 1-0 in favor of UCF. Once the JSU defense was broken, there was no stopping the Knights who cracked eight shots in the second half, knocking in three goals in the process. Second team All-TAAC honoree Brooke Asby (Oviedo/Oviedo HS) scored on a corner kick from first team selectee Cally Howell (Winter Park/Lake Howell HS) in the 47th minute, and Howell followed with her own goal off a pass from teammate Kohake. Howell returned the favor to Kohake, assisting on the Golden Knight's fourth and final goal of the game, a sinker from 18 yards out.

UCF remains unscored upon by TAAC opponents, recording its 12th shut-out of the season. "We knew coming in that JSU had a great defense, so we worked on playing quicker on their end of the field," said UCF head coach Amanda Cromwell. "We also wanted to take advantage of the width of the field, finding any holes in the defense." The Sunshine Network will televise the championship game, live, Saturday at 1:00 p.m.