|University||University of Central Florida|
|Head coach||Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak (7th season)|
|Stadium||UCF Soccer and Track Stadium |
|Colors||Black and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament Semifinals|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, 2011|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013|
|Conference Regular Season championships|
|1993, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017|
The UCF Knights women'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 led by head coach and Olympic gold medalist Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.
The Knights soccer program began in 1981 under Jim Rudy, who also started the men's soccer program at UCF in 1975. The Knights went 11–3–0 in their inaugural year, defeating Miami in their first match 20–0. Rudy led the Knights to the AIAW Finals in their first year. UCF faced North Carolina in the final AIAW Championship, falling 1–0. The Knights returned to the Finals in 1982, falling again to North Carolina 2–0 in the first NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. The first two NCAA Tournaments were held at UCF.
In 1993, the team joined their first conference, the Trans America Athletic Conference (which became the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2001), where they remained until joining Conference USA in 2005. In 2013, UCF joined the American Athletic Conference. In 30 seasons, the Knights have had a losing record only twice, and have earned a bid to 16 NCAA Tournaments, including 5 straight through 2011. UCF has earned more trips to the NCAA Tournament than any other Florida school. In 2011, the Knights became the first unseeded tournament team to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels, who have won 20 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. UCF defeated UNC 5–4 on penalty kicks in the Sweet Sixteen before falling 3–0 to Wake Forest in the Elite Eight.
The Knights play their home games at the UCF Soccer and Track Stadium, part of Knights Plaza, 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.
|1981||Jim Rudy||11–3–0||—||AIAW Finals|
|1984||10–4–0||—||NCAA Second Round|
|1987||13–5–0||—||NCAA Semifinals (Final Four)|
|1988||Bill Barker||10–3–2||—||NCAA Second Round|
|1991||10–5–1||—||NCAA First Round|
|1993||Karen Richter||8–7–1||5–1–0||TAAC Regular Season Champions|
|1994||13–5–1||5–1–0||TAAC East Division and Tournament Champions|
|1995||10–7–4||6–1–1||TAAC East Division and Tournament Champions|
|1996||13–7–1||6–3–1||TAAC Tournament Champions|
|1997||8–10–2||6–0–0||TAAC South Division Champions|
|1998||12–8–0||4–0–0||TAAC East Division and Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round|
|1999||Amanda Cromwell||16–6–1||8–0–1||TAAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions; NCAA Second Round|
|2001||14–6–0||9–1–0||A-Sun Regular Season and Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round|
|2002||18–5–0||10–1–0||A-Sun Regular Season and Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round|
|2003||16–5–1||9–1–0||A-Sun Regular Season and Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round|
|2004||17–4–2||8–2–0||NCAA Second Round|
|2005||Amanda Cromwell||12–10–0||8–1–0||C-USA Regular Season Champions|
|2007||15–4–4||7–1–1||C-USA Regular Season Champions; NCAA Second Round|
|2008||14–6–3||7–2–2||NCAA Second Round|
|2009||17–5–1||10–1–0||C-USA Regular Season Champions; NCAA Second Round|
|2010||16–5–3||8–1–2||C-USA Regular Season Champions; NCAA Second Round|
|2011||13–5–6||6–2–3||NCAA Quarterfinals (Elite Eight)|
|2012||17–5–2||8–3–0||C-USA Tournament Champions; NCAA Second Round|
|2013||Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak||16–3–4||8–0–1||American Regular Season and Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round|
|2014||18–5–0||8–1–0||American Regular Season Champions; NCAA Sweet 16|
|2015||12–6–2||6–3–0||NCAA First Round|
|2017||13–2–3||7–0–2||American Regular Season Champions; NCAA First Round|
|Totals||479–203–61||196–38–20||743 games (.686)|
|Records are through the conclusion of the 2019 season.|
UCF has produced a number of notable soccer stars. Most notably, Michelle Akers, Amy Allmann and Kim Wyant. Akers and Wyant were founding players on the United States women's national soccer team from 1985-2000. Akers helped them win the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999, and the 1996 Summer Olympics. Her career was so distinguished that Pelé named her among only two female players (along with teammate Mia Hamm) on the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living soccer players in 2004. In addition, Aline Reis, an All-American in her freshman year in 2008, was selected to the Brazil women's national football team for the first time in 2009, playing in a friendly against a local Brazilian team in July.
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