The Kentucky women’s soccer team finished their three day stay in Wisconsin on Sunday falling to Marquette 2-1. For the second time in two games, neither team scored in the first half. After coming off a season opening loss to Wisconsin, the Cats had to quickly turn around and regroup before Sunday’s match. Kentucky came out and fought for 90 minutes, but ultimately came short. The intensity picked up after the first 10 minutes, which led to plenty of opportunities for UK. The Kentucky defense pressured the ball at midfield until a unforced error by Marquette occurred, which led in some lengthy possession for the Cats in the first half. Marquette came out ready to fight after a 4-0 loss to third ranked Stanford team on Friday night. MU struck first in the 64th minute when Madden out ran the Kentucky defense and ultimately earned a one on one shot with sophomore goalkeeper, Evangeline Soucie. Kentucky responded in the 69th minute when Eva Mitchell scored a goal that occurred thanks to Marquette’s goalie dropping the ball 2 yards in front of the goal, resulting in the first Kentucky goal of the 2017 season. The final goal came in the 77th minute from Hess when Evangeline Soucie fell to the ground after a saved shot. Then the MU forward found the opportunity to get the game winning goal. Kentucky made many improvements from Friday, but fell when it came to offense. Adding three international players in the past month has vastly improved the midfielder game for UK, and I think can make an immediate impact. Another positive is Evangeline Soucie, who now has one year of collegiate experience and is ready to step up and be the young leader behind the Wildcats. For the first time ever, Kentucky wore the new Black jerseys with blue and white checkerboard around the name KENTUCKY. These uniforms are new and look very impressive, which is a nice addition to the blue, white, and grey uniforms that have the same layout as those. Look out for a pink uniform this season, may be worn during the annual Kick Out Cancer match later this fall. The starting XI for the Cats were Katy Keen, Eva Mitchell, Evangeline Soucie, Kelly Novak, Peyton Adkins, Foster Ignoffo, Gina Crosetti, Sophie Stewart-Hobbs, Tanya Samarzich, Miranda Jimenez, and Yuuku Kurosaki. This is a young squad who will surely improve when they have more experience under their belt.
Be sure to check out the women’s soccer team this Thursday (8-24) at 7:30 when they take on Eastern Kentucky at the Bell for the first time this season. They need the #BBN to come out and support them!
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