[TOP 25 SPOTLIGHT] Conference USA power UCF returns to the Soccer America Top 25 at No. 15 following an impressive display over the weekend, beating red-hot Penn State, 2-1, in overtime and Washington State, 2-0, to capture the tournament title at the Virginia Nike Classic.
"This was an important weekend and we have proven ourselves on the road against some of the top teams in the country," Cavs coach Amanda Cromwell said. "We've definitely felt a lack of respect in the polls because we know we can play against any team and we've shown that with our play and our results. Washington State and Penn State are top level teams, but we know we are as well."
Nicolette Radovcichad both goals against Penn State, and Tishia Jewell, who assisted on Radovcic's golden goal against the Nittany Lions had a goal and assist against Washington State.
The Knights are now 4-1-1 overall to start the season. The previous weekend they beat San Diego, 1-0, and tied San Diego State, 4-4, on the road. Every team they have played has a winning record.
"I am very proud of the goals we scored this weekend," UCF associate head coach Colby Hale said. "Penn State has only given up one goal in their last five games and to score two on them speaks volumes of our attack. Washington State is a very organized and athletic team with a great keeper. We have a special group of girls here and this was a complete team effort."
Brazilian goalkeeper Aline Reis,named tournament MVP, was outstanding over the weekend.
"To only give up only one goal on the weekend against talented teams like that says a lot about the girl's commitment to performing and getting results," Cromwell added. "Aline took care of the few dangerous chances we gave up on the weekend."
Joining Jewell, Reis and Radovcic on the all-tournament team at the Virginia Nike Classic was sophomore Marissa Diggs.