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Friday was a full day for UK Soccer. Although the teams were unable to put out any wins, they did make sure to make the games plenty exciting. Here is a breakdown of each match:
Women vs. Arkansas, 2-1
In its SEC Opener, the women’s soccer team dropped their match against Arkansas in double overtime. Despite out-shooting the Razorbacks 18-15, including a 9-7 advantage in shots on goal, the Wildcats couldn’t overcome a 35-yard goal off a free kick from Tyler Allen in the 104th minute. The shot just missed the arms of UK goalie Taylor Braun.
The Razorbacks scored in the 49th minute off a throw-in from Ashleigh Ellenwood. The Wildcats responded in the 68th minute with a goal from Jade Klump. Klump nearly ended it in the second minute of overtime, however she sent the ball just over the crossbar.
Men vs. No. 19 Furman, 0-0
Playing in Lexington, the men were unable to make a repeat of their defeat of a ranked team (#1 ranked Notre Dame). The saving grace of the game, literally, was Junior Goalkeeper Callum Irving who saved a career-high seven shots in his fifth shutout. The seventh save was in the 110th minute when faced with a Furman breakaway in the closing seconds of the second overtime, Irving made a game-saving stop at a chest-high strike from Furman, keeping the clean sheet.
Next on the slate for the women is Mississippi State in Lexington Friday. The men face off against No. 9 Louisville Tuesday in Lexington, as well.
Members of Matthew Mitchell’s UK Hoops squad surprised campers with breakfast this morning and challenged some of them to UK trivia. Watch as the ladies try to stump some of the Big Blue faith around the campout.
And if you missed it, you have to hear Coach Mitchell’s appearance on KSR this morning. When we say he is the best, we really mean he is the best.
And even if you weren’t there to enjoy it in person, KyWildcatsTV has you covered with this footage. Admission to the team’s game against Lipscomb on Friday at 7 p.m. is free, so come on out to support the ladies. It all goes down at Memorial Coliseum, and I bet Marcus Lee will be there.
Who doesn’t love Matthew Mitchell? UK Hoops’ main man isn’t just an excellent head coach, he’s a hilarious radio host, amazing dad and husband, and surprisingly good singer. USA Today has an article out today that focuses on Louisiana Lafayette’s head football coach Mark Hudspeth and how he, Matthew Mitchell, and Andy Kennedy all grew up together in tiny Louisville, Mississippi. All three played quarterback–Kennedy the starter, Hudspeth the backup, and Mitchell third string–at Winston Academy, and all three have gone on to be coaches of Divisions I teams.
In fact, Hudspeth was the one who helped Mitchell out when he wound up back in Mississippi and needed to make some money. Mitchell was coaching high school basketball, but was suddenly told he needed to become the defensive coordinator of the football team despite the fact that he didn’t know a thing about being a defensive coordinator. Thankfully, Hudspeth, then the head coach at Winston Academy, gave his friend a six-week crash course in coaching defense, which Mitchell says “saved my butt”:
“I ended up with a pretty salty little defense,” Mitchell said, laughing. “We won five straight, and I learned a lot that year about coaching. He saved my butt in that situation. At the time, I just didn’t even realize how absurd it was.”
To learn more about their friendship, read the whole article, in which Mitchell calls Hudspeth “one of the best coaches in any sport in America.” Also, cheer for him and the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns when they take on Ole Miss this weekend.
Last night, the UK Men’s Soccer team upset top-ranked Notre Dame in thrilling fashion. Freshman Stefan Stojkovic his first career goal with 25 seconds left to seal the 1-0 win over the defending National Champions. Enjoy the highlights above.
Matthew Mitchell and the rest of the Kentucky women’s basketball team will be traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands from November 27-29 for the 15th annual Paradise Jam. The Cats will be prepping for another deep tournament run later in the year, and they’ll take on Oklahoma, South Florida, and Illinois. Hurry and get your tickets online soon here, because after November 7 the tickets can only be purchased at the door.
Some HUGE news from the soccer pitch: UK’s men’s soccer team upset #2 Notre Dame tonight 1-0 in South Bend. Stefan Stojkovic scored his first career goal with 25 seconds left in the game to give Kentucky the win over the defending National Champions. Unbelievable victory for the Cats.
Check out a video of the game-winning goal above, courtesy of Brent Ingram.
Senior Lauren O’Conner and junior Shelby Workman led the No. 16 ranked Cats to its 3-1 (25-14, 24-26, 25-23, 25-16) victory over Northern Iowa Friday morning in the opening patch of the Commonwealth Classic in Memorial Coliseum.
The Cats aren’t done for today however. You can catch the Cats in its toughest match of the season so far against No. 6 Southern California tonight at 7 on the SEC Network+ or on WatchESPN.com. (Or you could just go down to Memorial and catch it.)
Here is a stat rundown of today’s first match:
O’conner and Workman both tallied 18 kills in the match, tying O’Conner’s career best and setting a new self-best for Workman. O’Conner also had a career-high .607 attacking percentage. Junior setter Morgan Bergren dished out 52 assists and added 10 digs in her second-consecutive double-double effort.
Bergren led the Cats to a .343 hitting clip and three other attackers totaled 15 or more kills in the match. Sophomore Anni Thomasson was impressive as well with 15 kills on .371 hitting and added 11 digs in the win, making it her third double-double in UK’s first four matches. Junior middle blocker Sara Schwarzwalder chipped in with seven kills and added a trio of blocks. Senior libero Jackie Napper totaled a match-high 23 digs which was one shy of meeting a career best mark.
Catch some highlights from today’s match below:
New UK Freshman Hoops player Ivana Jakubcova is 6’6″ and from Slovakia. I am sure she is a good player and we will certainly see how she fares on a team that has shown it needs height for the postseason. But for now, here obvious strength is pictures. She has become friends with a UK cheerleader and the pictures they take don’t look real…but they are still awesome. Go Cats
After just recently graduating this past May, Kastine Evans, Samarie Walker, and DeNesha Stallworth have all signed professional contracts to play overseas.
Evans, 2nd on UK’s all-time list of most games played with 139, will pursue her master’s degree of finance while playing in England. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to continue playing after my college career,” Kastine said, “I am excited for the overall experience in another country and to be able to learn more about myself and grow each and every day.”
DeNesha Stallworth, widely considered to be one of the best women’s basketball players to ever put on a Kentucky jersey, will be playing in Spain. In her two seasons in Lexington, Stallworth was able to make the All-SEC team twice, as well as being named to multiple watch lists for national player of the year during her senior season. DeNesha was selected 25th overall in the WNBA draft, but has chosen to play overseas instead.
Samarie Walker will be joining her former teammate in Spain to play for rival team Stadium Casablanca. After playing just one season at UConn, Walker transferred to Kentucky, where she was able to become an All-SEC player. Walker started 80 consecutive games for Matthew Mitchell, and was able to finish in the top 10 in UK’s career list in double-doubles, rebounding average, and blocked shots.It has always been a dream of mine to play basketball beyond the college level and to also travel the world,” Walker said, “I am very thankful for the support from my family, coaches and fans.”
It isn’t going to be easy, but it’ll be interesting to see how Coach Matthew Mitchell plans to fill the void left behind by these three women.
— UKWomensSoccer (@UKWomensSoccer) August 31, 2014
University president Dr. Eli Capilouto, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, men’s soccer head coach Johan Cedergren, and women’s soccer head coach Jon Lipsitz will all be speaking.
The first 500 fans to the stadium today will receive a commemorative soccer ball bell to mark the stadium’s historic opening. Fans will have the chance to tour the complex from 12:15 to 12:45 before the Wildcats face the Ohio Bobcats at 2 p.m.
Some news for all you UK Hoops fans going into the weekend: the SEC has released the full women’s basketball conference schedule. Kentucky, widely considered to be a top-10 team once again, will have its fair share of tough games in the 2014-15 campaign. Featured match-ups on the schedule include South Carolina and Tennessee twice, Texas A&M at home, and LSU away. Only four of the sixteen conference games will not be shown on television, with eight of them being aired on the newly-launced SEC Network. You can check out the full schedule below.
A sad note from the UK Hoops family: Samantha Drake has decided not to play her senior season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in her left knee last November. She will instead focus on her academics and graduating in the spring. The former Nelson County star played in 88 games and started 23. She issued a statement thanking Mitch Barnhart, her team, and her coaches:
“I would like to thank Mr. Barnhart, all of my teammates and coaches for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing women’s basketball program at UK,” Drake said. “I was given the chance to show my talent and be a part of a lot of success during my four years. Although I won’t be playing anymore, I’ll still be the biggest cheerleader for the team. I am going to turn my focus on academics and walking across that stage in May to receive my degree.”
Matthew Mitchell also issued a statement in support of Drake and her decision.
“We support Samantha and her decision to forego playing her senior year,” UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Samantha contributed to so many victories during her career and we are grateful for her efforts. We will continue supporting her any way we can as she works toward graduation.”
Tough, tough news. Best of luck to her going forward.