ORLANDO, Fla. – Women's soccer in the Colonial Athletic Association is a dogfight each and every night and the Virginia Commonwealth University women's soccer program knows that well.
In a couple weeks when the Rams enter CAA play, they will be battle tested as they played their third high-caliber opponent of the year in Central Florida on Sunday afternoon, this time falling to the Golden Knights, 4-1.
"We knew coming in UCF was a very talented team and would really challenge us," Co-Head Coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak said. "The positive is that our girls have seen elite level competition so far this year and we know what we have to do get to that level."
Sophomore Bre White (Manassas, Va.) continued her impressive transition to the forward position as she picked up a turnover deep in UCF territory and blasted in her third goal of the year just 2:35 into the game to give the Black & Gold a 1-0 lead.
"It was great to see our girls jump out with a sense of urgency against such a good team," Roberts Sahaydak said. "We'll just continue to work on keeping that sense of urgency and aggressiveness for 90 minutes."
The Golden Knights would control the temp the rest of the way scoring goals in the 20th and 43rd minute to take a 2-1 lead into halftime and eventually adding goals in the 77th and 86th minute to put away the 4-1 win.
"We've played three NCAA tournament caliber teams and that's exactly what we wanted to do with this team," Roberts Sahaydak said. "We know how much of a dogfight the CAA is and in order to be in the top four we're going to have to bring our best every Friday and Sunday."
The Rams return home for the first time in the past three weeks when the Flames of Liberty University in a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, Sept. 10th at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium.