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It was a winning weekend for Kentucky women's soccer, as the Wildcats got two one-goal Southeastern Conference wins over South Carolina and Auburn. The victories have UK on a four-match winning streak heading into Senior Night on Saturday against Arkansas, but it's a pair of freshmen that we're talking about this morning.

Midfielder Courtney Raetzman and forward Kelli Hubly are UK's second- and third-leading scorers in their first college seasons. They have combined for nine goals and 24 points, helping the Cats to seven wins in SEC play for the first time since 1999.

Two freshmen playing so well is a story on its own, but making it even more interesting is the fact that Hubly and Raetzman have known each other since before they started kindergarten. The grew up together in Elk Grove, Ill., played on the same club team and are now college teammates and roommates. However, they weren't a package deal for UK head coach Jon Lipsitz.

Sean Cartell of the SEC Digital Network has the story

As hard to believe as it might be, the decision to come to Kentucky was not a joint one.

"We didn't go into the college decision-making process together," Raetzman said. "One day, we were talking at our practice and asking each other what schools we were interested in. It happened by chance that we basically said all the same schools. We both visited Maryland and Kentucky. We talked to each other after our visits, but we weren't planning to go to school together. We wanted to do what was a better fit for us, but if it worked out that we ended of as the same school, it would be what we dreamed of when we were little kids.

"When we thought of our lives when we were younger, we planned to be roommates when we went to college," Raetzman continued. "It all fell into place."

The final verdict came down to dinner at a restaurant that featured the perfect table cloth for a major decision.

"After we found out we both wanted to go to the same places, our parents took us out to dinner," Hubly said. "You know those places that have tables with paper on them? We wrote down on the table the pros and cons and we both had our own list. We each made our own decisions at different times; Courtney did before me. We helped each other, but we made our own individual decisions."

Things certainly have worked out so far.

In other women's soccer news, we posted a story from UK's 2-1 win over Auburn on Sunday that you can read here, but didn't get a chance to show you highlights. A day late, here they are along with some of Lipsitz's post-match comments.

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