UCF Knights men's soccer

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UCF Knights
men's soccer
UCF Knightsmen's soccer athletic logo

University University of Central Florida
Conference The American
Location Orlando, FL
Head Coach Bryan Cunningham (8th year)
Stadium UCF Soccer and Track Stadium
(Capacity: 2,000)
Nickname UCF Knights
Colors Black and Gold

             

Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1982, 1983, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011
Conference Tournament Champions
1979, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2004
Conference Regular Season Champions
2003, 2004

The University of Central Florida Knights men's soccer program, commonly referred to as the UCF Knights, represents the University of Central Florida in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I. The Knights compete in the American Athletic Conference (The American) and play their home games on UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida at the UCF Soccer and Track Stadium.[1] The Knights are currently led by head coach Bryan Cunningham.[2]

History[edit]

The Knights soccer program began in 1975 under Jim Rudy. The Knights went 10–4–1 that year, defeating St. Leo in their first match 8–0.[3] In 1984, the team made the move to Division I. The Knights were nationally ranked for the first time during the 2010 season, and rose to a program high of No. 8 during the 2011 season.[3][4][5]

The Knights have an all-time record of 332–259–51 (86–71–17).[3]

Stadium[edit]

The Knights play their home games at the UCF Soccer and Track Stadium which is a part of Knights Plaza, located on the north end of UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida. The soccer field is made of natural grass and measures 347 feet (106 m) x 200 feet (61 m).[6]

In 2011, the stadium was heavily renovated, boasting a 2,000 seat capacity with a new 1,475-seat stand, press box, 7,500 square feet (700 m2) clubhouse, restrooms and new entrance on the west side of the facility. The original 500-seat stand was retained as a visitors' stand.[7]

Alumni[edit]

UCF has produced a number of notable soccer stars. Most notably, Eric Vasquez, Sean Johnson and Ryan McIntosh.[8] Vasquez, who made his professional soccer debut with the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer, later played for Miami FC in the United Soccer Leagues' First Division and the Orlando Sharks of the Major Indoor Soccer League before retiring due to injury.[9] Former Knights Goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh initially played with D.C. United, and after a year with the D.C. United Reserve team, McIntosh signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks of USL Division One, where he led the team to the league final.[10][11][12] Both players were a part of the 2004 Central Florida Kraze amateur soccer team that won the Premier Development League's championship by defeating the Boulder Rapids Resevers, 1-0 at the UCF soccer stadium.[13]

Sean Johnson, another former UCF goalkeeper, joined the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in 2010.[14] He was a member of the United States U-20 men's national soccer team which qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[8]

Coaches[edit]

Tenure Coach Seasons Record Pct.
1975–1988 Jim Rudy 14 139–62–17 .638
1989–1992 Bill Barker 4 27–39–4 .386
1993–2004 Bob Winch 12 112–100–16 .491
2005–2006 Brent Erwin 2 13–17–3 .394
2007–present Bryan Cunningham 6 57–53–20 .515
Totals 5 coaches 39 seasons 348–271–59 .557
Records are through the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Season.

Seasons[edit]

Season Coach Record Notes
Overall Conference
Independent
1975 Jim Rudy 10–4–1
1976 15–1–1
Sunshine State Conference
1977 Jim Rudy 11–4–0 4–0–0
1978 4–8–0 1–2–0
1979 8–7–0 3–1–0 Sunshine State Tournament Champions
1980 12–3–1 3–0–0 Sunshine State Tournament Champions
1981 10–3–1 3–1–1 Sunshine State Tournament Champions
1982 10–4–2 4–3–0 NCAA Division II Tournament
1983 12–4–3 4–2–0 NCAA Division II Tournament
Independent
1984 Jim Rudy 8–5–3
1985 10–2–3
1986 9–5–1
1987 10–8–0
1988 10–4–1
1989 Bill Barker 6–10–2
1990 8–10–0
1991 5–13–0
1992 8–6–2
Trans America Athletic Conference/Atlantic Sun Conference
1993 Bob Winch 4–10–1 3–4–0
1994 9–10–2 2–3–1
1995 5–11–1 2–3–1
1996 10–7–1 4–2–0 TAAC East Division Champions
1997 12–6–0 3–5–0
1998 13–7–0 6–1–0
1999 12–7–0 3–3–0
2000 2–14–3 1–4–1
2001 12–7–0 4–3–0
2002 10–8–3 5–2–1 Atlantic Sun Tournament Champions; NCAA First round
2003 12–6–3 6–2–1 Atlantic Sun Regular Season and Tournament Champions;
NCAA Second round
2004 11–7–2 7–2–0 Atlantic Sun Regular Season and Tournament Champions;
NCAA Second round
Conference USA
2005 Brent Erwin 7–8–1 2–6–1
2006 6–9–2 3–3–2
2007 Bryan Cunningham 4–12–2 0–6–2
2008 7–11–1 3–4–1
2009 6–7–3 2–5–1
2010 12–5–3 4–1–3 NCAA Second round
2011 12–6–3 4–3–1 NCAA Second round
2012 8–7–3 5–3–0
American Athletic Conference
2013 Bryan Cunningham 8–5–5 4–1–3
Totals 348–271–59 95–75–20 660 games (.557)
Records are through the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McMurphy, Brett. "Old Big East now American Athletic". ESPN. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ UCF Knights – Official Athletics Site – Men's Soccer Roster. Ucfathletics.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c 2011 UCF Men's Soccer Yearbook. Issuu.com (September 14, 2011). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  4. ^ No. 8 UCF's Historic Unbeaten Streak Halted. Ucfathletics.com (September 24, 2011). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "UCF in the midst of its best sports year ever". Orlando Sentinel. 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  6. ^ UCF Soccer and Track Stadium. Ucfathletics.cstv.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  7. ^ UCF to Open New Stadium With Thursday's Twilight Meet. Ucfathletics.cstv.com (May 3, 2011). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Salvas, Pat (January 25, 2011). "Former UCF Goalkeeper Sean Johnson Makes Debut with U.S. Men's National Team". UCFAthletics.com. Orlando, Florida: University of Central Florida. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ UCF Athletics Player Bio: Eric Vasquez. Ucfathletics.com (November 18, 1982). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  10. ^ Ryan McIntosh. D.C.United (March 28, 2006). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  11. ^ Silverbacks Edge Out Charlotte In 1-0 Win. Atlantasilverbacks.com (June 26, 2007). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  12. ^ Sounders Win Championship Rematch. Soccernet.espn.go.com (May 5, 2008). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  13. ^ Central Florida Wins 2004 PDL Title. Pdl.uslsoccer.com (August 7, 2004). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  14. ^ 2010 MLS SuperDraft[dead link]

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