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UCF trounces Bulls in USF’s first loss

The so-called “I-4 rivalry” wasn’t much of a game.

Already up two goals midway through the second half, UCF’s women’s soccer team scored three goals in just over six minutes to put an exclamation point on their 5-0 rout of USF.

With the result, USF (1-1-1) suffered their first loss of the season. UCF (3-1-1), who finished tied atop the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2003, is now 3-1 all-time versus the Bulls.

USF goalie and Conference USA 2003 Co-defensive Player of the Year Breck Bankester was pulled in the 60th minute with the USF down 2-0.

Sophomore Casey Garrett finished the game in goal for the Bulls, who were out shot 21-8 overall.

“(Removing Bankester) was predetermined. She didn’t do anything wrong,” head coach Logan Fleck said. “We knew we wanted to get (Casey) Garrett in the game and she did well.”

Midfielder Jennifer Montgomery struck first for UCF in the eighth minute. It was the only goal of the first half.

In the second half, UCF converted on four of their seven shots. In the 54th minute, Becca Eshelman scored to put the Golden Knights up 2-0.

Then it went from bad to worse.

Rachel Whiteaker scored in the 71st minute, Courtney Baines converted a penalty kick in the 76th and Rachel Overstreet scored in the 77th to put the contest away.

“(UCF) countered early and were very physical with us,” Fleck said. “We have to learn how to handle those types of things, especially because of the teams we play in (Conference USA).”

USF travels to Miami on Sunday to face Florida International. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.