FRIDAY, JULY 07, 2000
UCF Wins Fifth TAAC Title, Advances To NCAA Tournament
November 6, 1999
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two goals by freshman Amanda King (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS) sealed a University of Central Florida (15-5-1, 8-0-1) triumph over Jacksonville University (12-8-1, 7-2) in the finals of the Trans America Athletic Conference women's soccer championship, Saturday at the UCF Arena Field. The 4-1 victory advances UCF to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row after winning back-to-back conference titles. The Sunshine Network will televise the announcement of the tournament sites and brackets on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 10 p.m., with first round action beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
"The team did what they set out to do from day one," said first year UCF head coach Amanda Cromwell (35-50-1). "We're not done though. I want to make a statement at the NCAA tournament that lets people know why we belong among the nation's best." UCF looked sharp at the TAAC finals, outshooting JU 28-5. Second team All-TAAC honoree Michelle Anderson (Medina, Ohio/Medina HS), scored first for UCF off a pass from fellow second team selectee Claire Kohake (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley HS), with a 15-yard blast to the center of the goal. King tallied the game-winner, her second of the tournament, with a grounder to the right corner of the post in the 34th minute of the game. Two minutes later, the UCF offense forced an own goal by JU as an attempt by Kathy Ciriello (Prospect, Conn.) to clear the ball was deflected into the goal for a score of 3-0 entering the halftime break in UCF's favor.
JU began the glimpse of a comeback entering the second half as Brooke Ade (Burke, Va.) fired a shot from the 18 yard line to score the only conference goal of the season against UCF second team All-TAAC goalkeeper Maria Banuls (Orlando/Winter Park HS). "We had a little breakdown in our defensive play, allowing JU to score," said tournament MVP Cally Howell (Winter Park/Lake Howell HS). "We were still dominating on offense, so we just talked and told ourselves not to let it happen again." UCF was successful in its defensive stance for the remainder of the game and continued the offensive attack, with King scoring another goal in the 84th minute of the game off a pass from second team All-TAAC defender and fellow freshman, Brooke Asby (Oviedo/Oviedo, HS).
1999 TAAC All-Tournament Team
2000 WOMEN'S SOCCER