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The Women’s Soccer team took down in-state rival Louisville this weekend with an impressive 2-0 shutout on Friday night at the UK Soccer Complex. After an even draw in the first half with each team recording five shots, Stuart Pope found the back of the net in the 51st minute to take the lead. Courtney Raetzman played a cross into the box and found Pope, who poked the volley into the top right corner of the net over the UL goalkeeper. In the 85th minute, Arin Gilliland secured the win from the penalty spot by fooling the UL keeper, making the score 2-0. UK goalkeeper Kayla King halted the Louisville attack with four important saves during the game. King has recorded three shutouts on the season thus far. With this victory UK currently owns a three-game winning streak against the Dirty Birds.
UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said, “It feels good, I was proud of them. They really responded at halftime. They made a very specific adjustment at halftime for what we wanted to do, and they did it. Louisville is a fantastic team. This game is going to make us a better team down the road. There is no doubt about that.”
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To cap off the weekend, UK handled their business against Dayton on Sunday, winning 3-1 at home. Alex Carter diverted a bad pass from the Flyer’s backline into a 10th minute goal to put UK up 1-0. Freshman Zoe Swift then netted her 5th goal of the season off a through ball from Stuart Pope in the 24th minute. Pope added a goal of her own in the 71st minute to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. Three minutes later Dayton headed a ball in the goal past keeper Kayla King to earn a goal back. The team would go on to win 3-1 in an impressive victory over a very talented Dayton squad.
The Cats (4-1-1) have now won four straight games and look to continue building on that streak. The team’s next game is Friday night against Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) at the UK Soccer Complex at 7:30 p.m. ET. The following Sunday the Cats face a road test against #19 West Virginia in an away game in Morgantown, West Virginia. The team looks to avenge its early season road loss against ranked Wake Forest and prove themselves as contenders against a ranked opponent.
Remember to continue following along with the UK Women’s Soccer team here on KSR as the season progresses and go out and support your Lady Cats!