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Kentucky Men’s Soccer improves to 5-1 on year; Ranked No. 4 in the Nation

Courtesy: UK Athletics

Courtesy: UK Athletics

The No. 4 ranked University of Kentucky men’s soccer team found themselves in the win column for the fifth straight game after a shutout win against C-USA foe UAB.

After playing a scoreless opening half, the Cats found goals from Kalil ElMedkhar and Brock Lindow in the second half to solidify the 2-0 win.

ElMedkhar’s goal came after the Delaware native was fouled inside the box, setting up the ensuing penalty kick opportunity. The senior found the back of the net for his third goal of the year.

In the goal for the blue and white was redshirt sophomore, and former Louisville Trinity standout, Ryan Troutman who picked up his first career shutout.

Head coach Johan Cedergren expressed his happiness with how the team has dealt with the circumstances of this year saying, “You really think about it, it’s been an incredibly challenging fall, and the guys have done fantastic, and I’m really proud of them.”

Kentucky’s shortened fall slate began in South Bend on September 17th with a 1-0 loss to the Fighting Irish. Since the opening game, the Cats have played their best soccer of the year. The team saw wins against rivals Duke and Louisville before adding an overtime win over Central Arkansas and a home win over Mercer.

Typically, the team would be getting ready for conference tournament season, but with the NCAA moving all fall championships, except football, to the spring, Kentucky will find themselves with only one more match on the year.

On the docket will be a road match in Durham against Duke on October 30. The Cats dominated the Blue Devils 4-2 last month.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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