KENTUCKY MEN’S SOCCER
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
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.
(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.
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.
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.