MT drops 2-1 decision against UCF

Blue Raider comeback falls short at USF Soccer Classic

September 8, 2013 · @MTAthletics

TAMPA, Fla. - The Middle Tennessee soccer team's (0-3-2) comeback Sunday morning against UCF (4-2-0) came up short as the Blue Raiders dropped a 2-1 decision on the final day of competition at the USF Soccer Classic.

MT goalkeeper Kelsey Brouwer snagged four saves in the first period to keep the contest knotted up at 0-0 at the intermission, while UCF keeper Lianne Maldonado recorded one.

UCF netted the first goal of the match early in the second frame, when Ashley Nicol scored unassisted in the 60th minute for her first goal of the season. The Knights kept firing and took a 2-0 lead in the 75th minute, when Alex Piercy connected on a pass from Alex Major. The goal was her second of the season.

The Blue Raiders wouldn't go away quietly though as Rachael Figg scored unassisted in the 86th minute, spoiling the UCF shutout. The goal marked the first of her career. MT's comeback fell short as the final four minutes ticked away and the Knights claimed a 2-1 win.

Brouwer grabbed two more saves in the second period for a total of six on the day, while Maldonado had two saves for UCF.

Amalie Anderdal and Kate Loye posted two shots each for the Blue Raiders, while both recorded one shot on goal.

UCF outshot MT 11-6 with eight shots on goal compared to Middle Tennessee's three. The Knights also won the corner kick contest 6-2.

The Blue Raiders return to action Friday, Sept. 13, hosting Tennessee at 7 p.m. for Family Night.

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