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KENTUCKY MEN’S SOCCER

Team Notes

        

The No. 21 Kentucky men’s soccer team wrapped up a brutal travel stretch with two games in the Sunshine State last week, part of a six-day journey. UK suffered a pair of overtime losses, falling 2-1 at No. 10 UCF on Wednesday in Orlando, before FIU notched a 1-0 overtime win over UK on Sunday in Miami.
 
UK returns to action for two games this week, hosting Marshall on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET before welcoming UAB on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at the UK Soccer Complex.
 
Kentucky (7-5-1, 0-2-0 Conference USA) completed its rugged travel slate with the two-game swing in Florida. During a 15-day span the Wildcats have traveled over 9,700 miles, including trips to California, South Carolina, Nebraska and Florida. During that stretch, UK faced No. 3 Creighton, No. 10 UCF, No. 13 Cal, No. 15 Brown, Stanford and FIU.
 
The Wildcats have been paced by a prolific offensive attack through their first 13 games, netting 27 goals, posting 2.08 goals scored per game and 16.4 shots per contest. In 19 games last year, UK netted 18 total goals. Entering the week, UK was tied with No. 2 Maryland for the NCAA lead in goals scored.
 
UK has been led offensively by sophomore Tyler Riggs, who has nine goals and four assists, while junior Matt Lodge owns seven goals and seven assists, leading UK with 58 total shots. Midfielder Charles Pettys has a team-best seven assists and one goal, while senior Josh Mulvany has charted two goals and two assists. Senior C.J. Tappel has also added four assists and one goal, while senior Sam Brooks owns two goals and one assist.
 
In goal, sophomore Tyler Beadle has collected a 1.58 goals-against average in 11 starts, with 32 saves, while Jack Van Arsdale owns three saves in two games and a 2.00 goals-against average.
 
UK opened the week at UCF with Riggs collecting his ninth goal of the year early in the contest, before a 70-minute rain delay halted play. Upon resumption, UCF netted the equalizer, with both teams battling through a scoreless second half. UCF took advantage in overtime, posting the 2-1 golden-goal win.
 
On Sunday, UK and FIU battled through a scoreless regulation, before FIU struck for the goal with 33 seconds remaining in overtime on a corner kick and a melee in the box that saw UK’s Beadle taken to the ground and UK defender Pedro Andreoni saddled with a black eye during the scrum.



  

 

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