No. 9 UCF men’s soccer sneak past Tulsa courtesy of Gino Vivi’s golden goal

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Gino Vivi celebrating with his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal to give UCF a 3-2 win over Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 12 (Photo: Courtesy of UCF Athletics). 

No. 9 UCF Men’s Soccer squandered a two-goal lead, but Gino Vivi’s golden goal in double overtime lifted the Knights towards a 3-2 victory over Tulsa Saturday night at the UCF Soccer and Track Complex.

“Ideally we’re able to win that game in regulation,” said Knights head coach Scott Calabrese. “I think we had enough chances to do it. I guess it just comes with the territory of college soccer that you have overtimes and we have some depth within our team that we’re able to go to. Those players come on in those moments and actually did quite well.”

Vivi scored the golden goal in the 104th minute of double overtime when he finished off a cross from Cal Jennings, who initially stole the ball from Tulsa’s defensive third to curl the ball into the box finding the Costa Rican for his third goal of the season.

The Knights (8-1-2, 2-0-1 in conference) opened the scoring in the second minute when midfielder Louis Perez caught the goalkeeper off his line to strike the ball from 30-yards into an empty net.

Yanis Sorokin doubled the lead in the 15th minute after converting from the penalty spot when Cal Jennings was fouled inside the box in the previous play.

But a second-half response from Tulsa saw UCF lose the lead.

The Golden Hurricanes pulled one back in the 65th minute when Harris Partain finished off a cross from Mitchell Cashion. Partain scored again to equalize the game in the 86th minute to send the game to overtime for the fifth time this season for the Knights.

UCF went down a player when Gideon Adu-Peprah was issued a second yellow card in the 102nd minute of double overtime

But minutes later it was Vivi’s golden goal in the 104th minute that gifted the victory to the Knights, who are now 10 games unbeaten after dropping their season opener against No. 6 Wake Forest on Aug. 30.

The Black and Gold were ranked No. 9 in the country in the most recent United Soccer Coaches poll that drops every Tuesday.

Up next, the Knights travel to take on the UConn Huskies at Al-Marzook Athletic Field in Hartford on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.


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