UCF Knights men's soccer
The UCF Knights men's soccer program 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. The Knights are currently led by head coach Scott Calabrese.
|University||University of Central Florida|
|Head coach||Scott Calabrese (2nd season)|
|Stadium||UCF Soccer and Track Stadium |
|Colors||Black and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 16|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2019|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1982, 1983, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2018, 2019|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1979, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2004|
|Conference Regular Season championships|
|2003, 2004, 2018, 2019|
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. 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.
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).
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.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|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|
|1996||10–7–1||4–2–0||TAAC East Division Champions|
|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
|2010||12–5–3||4–1–3||NCAA Second round|
|2011||12–6–3||4–3–1||NCAA Second round|
|2018||Scott Calabrese||13–3–3||5–1–1||American Regular Season Champions; NCAA Second round|
|Totals||356–277–61||99–77–21||660 games (.557)|
|Records are through the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Season.|
UCF has produced a number of notable soccer stars. Most notably, Eric Vasquez, Sean Johnson and Ryan McIntosh. 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. 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. 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.
Sean Johnson, another former UCF goalkeeper, joined the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in 2010. 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.
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