UK Women’s soccer suffers 1-0 loss in Wisconsin

  • IMG_0219The 2017-2018 NCAA athletic season officially started today, and a forming rivalry continued today in Madison, Wisconsin. The Kentucky women’s soccer team debuted the new blue checkered uniforms tonight at Wisconsin, and showed immediate improvement since last years 5-9-4 team. The starting XI tonight were Eva Mitchell, Miranda Jimenez, Holic Olding, Evangeline Soucie, Peyton Atkins, Tanya Samazrich, Yuuka Kurosaki, Gina Crosetti, Foster Ignoffo, Kelly Novak, and Sophie Stewart-Hobbs. The keeper, Soucie, was spectacular tonight. The true sophomore from New Jersey recorded 8 saves tonight, her second highest save amount in her tenure at UK. The first 45 minutes were intense and very equal, besides Wisconsin having more shots. Kentucky has about 24 players, 10 less than UW- this allows more fresh players and new looks on offense for Wisconsin. After halftime, Wisconsin pressured the ball constantly until the Kentucky offense was exhausted. Thus, providing an opportunity in the 77th minute. The 10th shot by Wisconsin snuck past Soucie’s head in the top left corner. Overall, I think that this team has improved and will consistently get better as the season continues. With three national team members, the skill and leadership aspects are building and becoming stronger. Although the Cats came short today, look for a solid improvement from last year’s team. The final game in the Badger state takes place this Sunday in Milwaukee against Marquette at 4:00 EST. The first home game at the Bell will be on August 27th vs. EKU. Come out and support your Cats!

 

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UK Hockey about to get back on the ice

The 2017-2018 Kentucky Wildcats Ice Hockey team is gearing up to hit the ice for this upcoming season, looking to improve on last year’s rough 3-20 campaign (1-9 at home, 2-11 on the road).  This year’s roster will be announced within the next couple of weeks, and they will look to up the offensive production and cut down on the number of shots the goalies faced last year. 

Last year’s team averaged 3.13 goals per game and 3.26 assists per game. The team gave up 8.20 goals per game with the goalies posting a .851 save percentage. To improve on last year’s overall record they need to be closer to the 4 to 4.5 goals a game, and 5 to 5.5 assists a game. Better passing will lead to higher scoring chances. 

The goalies will look to get between a .900 to .910 save percentage. If that is hit, then the number of goals against will come down considerably.

 
The Cats will hit the ice on Friday Sept 15th and welcome Middle Tennessee State to the Lexington Ice Center. Other key home games this season will be Sept 22nd against Louisville, Oct 6th against Mississippi State, and Feb 2nd when Tennessee comes to town. 

All home games are at the Lexington Ice Center with a $7 entry fee. The puck will drop at midnight for each home game. 

The UK Hockey team is currently looking for sponsors and donations for the 2017-2018 season. If you or someone you know, would like to sponsor or donate, please visit ukhockey.com or email gm@ukhockey.com for more information. 

GO BIG BLUE! 

Kentucky Volleyball: 2017 Expectations 

Why the 2017 team can be special

Kentucky Volleyball is kicking off the 2017 season Wednesday against a WKU team that finished last year in the top 25 nationally.  This is the first game for both teams, and it will be interesting to see how both teams prepare for the season. So, what should you expect from your Kentucky Wildcats? Simple. Consistency and leadership. With 10 of 17 players on the team being upperclassmen, the leadership aspect of the game is there. But, what are some realistic goals for the team? The Cats have been eliminated in the NCAA tournament before making it to the sweet sixteen for four straight years. Kentucky added 4 freshman this year, which respectively earned them the fifth best recruiting class in the nation. Freshman Gabby Curry and Sophomore Leah Edmond attended the Junior World Volleyball Championship this summer and represented team USA. Both said the trip surely added depth to their game and to the team’s overall game when it comes to defense and outside hitting. In addition to the two stars, the veteran leaders include two time reigning First Team SEC Libero Ashley Dusek (Senior) and a Second Team all SEC Outside Hitter Kaz Brown. (Senior) This team is loaded. However, consistency will be what makes or brakes this team. This team has chemistry like none that I have seen in the past four years, and I think the experience mixed with the want to win will set this team into uncharted territory. With half of the games being away, the young Cats will have to learn quick if this year’s team will be special. With notable games against #8 Kansas, #9 Creighton, #12 Florida, #19 Mizzou, #26 USC, and #35 Texas A&M, the Cats will need to be nearly perfect in order to succeed and proceed. All to the pieces are there, and it helps that in addition we have a tenured coaching staff and a great fan base. Will the offseason effort and practice pay off this season? Based on my knowledge, the Volleyball team has prepared all offseason to get back on the court and suit up in the Blue and White. (With New Uniforms, I may add) The Cats are projected to finish third on the SEC this year, only behind Florida and Mizzou. SEC Volleyball should not have many high caliber and nationally ranked teams this year, so UK has a great chance to win the SEC if they can knock off Florida or Mizzou this year. Kentucky also comes in at 14 in the NCAA preseason poll. So, this year expect a close knit, exiting & fast paced, well-rounded, veteran team who I believe will be able to compete with the best. In result, they will ultimately break the barrier and make it to the Sweet Sixteen and possibly beyond this year. If you want to catch the Volleyball team in action this year, single game tickets can be found here.

The only exhibition game of the season will be on Wednesday at Memorial Colesium at 5:00 EST against #27 WKU- So come out and support your Volleyball Cats!

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Julius Randle is back in the bluegrass state

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Former Wildcat Julius Randle is back in Lex for a camp with the kids. Of course they couldn’t let him get by without doing an interview.

He joked about Calipari and the gift he’ll be given at his Wedding by saying “It better be something good!” He also misses the relationships he made at Kentucky and the area the most. Come back anytime Randle, you’re welcome here.

One the most pivotal things Randle could have said:

“I committed to a family.” That has to make the Big Blue faithful smile from ear to ear. We love hearing former Cats say that because it’s 100% true. We are forever family here, even after your college days are over.

Rumors of an all Kentucky team VS an NBA team to happen in Rupp Arena have surfaced and Randle tells us what he thinks would happen and it wouldn’t be a challenge.

Dakari Johnson recently signed a contract with the OKC Thunder. Randle congratulated him and tells us he and Dakari still keep in touch and that he will be at his upcoming wedding. Of course we expected nothing less because once you’ve been at Kentucky your automatically family.

He also tells us about the Ball-Fox rivalry:

“I guess that rivalry is going to live forever,” Randle said Saturday before an upcoming youth camp.

“Obviously De’Aaron is a great player,” Randle said. “I loved him, through the whole season and the whole draft process. My point guard is Lonzo. I’m excited to play with him, excited to you know to build chemistry with him through the season. Obviously, De’Aaron is going to have a great career. He’s going to be an excellent player.”

@FletcherPage at courier journal Read the full article.

But he has to say that right? After all, Ball is his teammate.