Memphis downs No. 6 UCF 2-1 for first win against top-10 opponent
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Kylie Davis' goal in the 92nd minute helped Memphis (5-3-0) to it's first win against a top-10 foe as the Lady Tigers came back to defeat No. 6 UCF (6-2-1) 2-1 on Friday.
Trailing 1-0 at the half, Memphis tallied the equalizer in the 71st minute before Davis lifted Memphis to the win. Christabel Oduro found free space on the left side and played a swift touch inside the box where Davis slipped past the Knights defense to send the winner to the right post. It was Davis' fourth goal on the year and Oduro registered her third assist.
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Memphis controlled the pace early in the match as Natalia Gomez-Junco tested UCF goalkeeper Lianne Maldonado just two minutes in. Gomez-Junco dribbled to the top of the box on the right side and fired a shot toward the left post, but Maldonado dived to her right to make the save.
The Lady Tigers held a 4-1 shots advantage until Nicolette Radovcic slipped past the Memphis defense and finished her sixth goal of the year. Carleigh Williams served the ball into the box and Radovic found a crease in the defense and put the shot inside the left post to give UCF the 1-0 lead.
After the halftime break, Memphis nearly evened the score, but a shot by Gomez-Junco rolled wide of the right post keeping UCF in the lead 1-0. Oduro received the ball at the top of the box and touched it to Gomez-Junco who had only the keeper to beat.
Back-to-back corner kicks propelled Memphis to a scoring threat that Sarah Daane later converted. A first corner kick was cleared over the goal by UCF, resulting in a second on the opposite side of the pitch. Kaitlyn Atkins served the corner and Memphis got off two shots by Kelley Gravlin and Marissa Duguay, but both were blocked. Daane gathered the deflection five yards from the top of the box and finished by shooting inside the left post for the equalizer.
With the win, Memphis knocked off a top-10 foe for the first time in program history. The two teams remained deadlocked through 90 minutes, resulting in the third overtime match in five home encounters against the Knights. The Lady Tigers are undefeated in their last 10 conference openers. Memphis is now 85-4-5 when opponents score one or fewer goals.