LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team earned its sixth win in a row over the Louisville Cardinals on Friday night, scoring the last three goals of the match after an opening goal from the Cards to secure a 3-1 road win at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium in Louisville.
With the win, UK collects its first win of the season and now moves to 1-2-1 on the year. Louisville suffered its first loss of the season, and is now 3-1-1. Kentucky returns to the pitch on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET against High Point.
“I thought tonight was a great display of heart and guts by the girls, ”UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “Louisville came out and punched us in the mouth by scoring first and dominating the run of play early in the match and that’s a tremendous credit to Karen (Ferguson-Dayes) and her staff, who we have the upmost respect for.”
Louisville scored its first goal against Kentucky since 2011 in the eighth minute as Sarah Feola scored off a cross into the wide side of the box as Gabrielle Vincent played the ball across the arc of the box and into the area before Feola slammed it home to put U of L up 1-0 early in the match.
After UL had the run of play for a majority of the first half, the game changed in the 32nd minute when Tanya Samarzich scored an unassisted goal to equalize the match and pull Kentucky level.
The teams would then go into half at 1-1 in the scoreline, as UL had a 7-4 lead in shots, and each team had a corner through the first 45 minutes.
To come out in the second half, Kaitlin Miller put Kentucky ahead for the first time all night off a corner kick, as UK went up 2-1. The corner was taken to the keepers left, and it came out to Kentucky centerback Kelly Novak, who served in a splendid ball into the area, and Miller was there to thrash it in the back of the net to put UK ahead, 2-1.
“I was thrilled that we were able to solve the tactical puzzle on the field as the match grew on and we fought for the entire duration of the match. We were scored on and responded positively and that’s something that we’ve been working on all week.” Lipsitz said.
Once Kentucky settled into the run of play in the second half, the Wildcats would tack on a third as Zoe Swift finished off a spectacular team goal in the 75th minute to put Kentucky up 3-1. Marissa Bosco played a wide ball into space along the left flank, and then Foster Igoffo served a perfectly-weighted pass to Swift, who slotted it past the keeper after two touches in the box to give UK a two-goal lead.
Louisville ended the night with an 18-7 edge in shots and a 7-3 edge in corners. Goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie earned her first collegiate win, making two brilliant saves en route to a six-save performance on the night to lock up a 3-1 win.