The Kentucky soccer team won 2-1 over Eastern Tennessee State in 2 overtimes on Tuesday, which is two overtime victories in 5 days. During the first 15 minutes, neither team got challenged near their respective goals. The first few minutes were very slow paced and methodical, but then in 17th minute ETSU changed the momentum by scoring the first goal of the game. ETSU had a corner kick on the far side, and ETSU’s Joe Pickering headed the goal past the Freshman goalkeeper Enrique Faccuse in the top right corner. From that point on, Kentucky dominated the rest of the first half, but couldn’t capitalize on any of their opportunities. Desperation sat in during the second half, because they played like this would be their last game ever. After countless opportunities, Kentucky prevailed in the 77th minute. Noah Hutchins punted the ball at midfield, which landed directly in front of Senior Stefan Stojkovic. He then made a great side-footed kick that traveled from the right side into the left netting of the goal. After neither team scored in the remaining 12 minutes, we went into a 10 minute overtime period. The first five minutes were dominated by ETSU, but UK started to find their groove. Both teams were worn out, tired, and exhausted. Therefore, neither team scored in the first OT period. So, we went to a final 10 minute overtime period. By this time Kentucky had taken all the momentum and was hungry for a goal. They dominated the possession of play and didn’t stop attaching on offense. After a Connor Robert a corner, Stefan Stojkovic connected on a controversial header right in front of the ETSU defender and keeper. This is the senior’s first brace, and his first time scoring since the 2015 season. Now, Kentucky improves to 2-0-0 while ETSU falls to 0-1-1 on the season. Next, Kentucky will play at Memphis on Saturday, September 2nd at 8 PM. The team wore the away black uniforms with horizontal blue stripes, with black shorts and socks. The starting XI were Andrew McKelvey, Stefan Stojkovic, Alex Bumpas, Mikkel Pedersen, Kevin Barajas, Noah Hutchins, Sam Stockton, Leon Jones, Landon Souder, Tanner Hummel, and Enrique Facusse.
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