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Men's soccer - Weekly update (Oct. 15)

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Overall Record: 6-6-1, 1-1-1 C-USA
Record Last Week: 1-0-0, 1-0-0 C-USA

Recent Results
Saturday, Oct. 13 - won at No. 25 UAB, 2-1

Upcoming Schedule (times eastern)
Wednesday, Oct. 17 - at Marshall - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 - vs. FIU - 5 p.m.

TEAM NOTES
The Kentucky men's soccer team continued its rugged schedule to open the 2012 season, traveling to face No. 25 UAB on Saturday and posting a 2-1 comeback win with a pair of second-half tallies. UK will return to action on Wednesday, traveling to face Marshall at 7 p.m. ET in a conference tilt. 

Kentucky (6-6-1, 1-1-1 Conference USA) faced off with its seventh ranked opponent of the 2012 season in facing UAB, with the Wildcats falling behind 1-0 early and rallying with goals from senior midfielders Charley Pettys and Matt Lodge for the comeback win. Lodge's goal marked the 23rd of his career, ranking fourth-best in UK history. 

UK is now in the midst of a strong 5-2-1 stretch over its last eight games, owning a pair of wins over top-25 foes, with UK's only losses coming vs. No. 11 Indiana and at No. 25 SMU. UK has faced seven ranked opponents in its first 13 games, 54-percent of its schedule, including a current stretch of three consecutive games. 

The Wildcats have been paced by a dynamic offensive unit in 2012 that has netted 23 goals in the first 13 games, averaging 1.77 goals per game and 12.2 shots a contest. Defensively, UK has a 1.51 goals-against average and owns an 85-69 advantage in corners.

UK has been led offensively by junior Tyler Riggs, who has seven goals and four assists, with Pettys adding five goals and three assists. Lodge has six goals, with senior Gabriel Conelian adding three goals and senior defender Jacob Kemper leading the team with five assists. In goal, junior Jack Van Arsdale has a 1.39 goals-against average with 32 saves in 11 games, while freshman Callum Irving, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, has started three games with a 2.00 goals-against average, saving seven shots.

Kentucky will travel to Huntington, W.Va., on Wednesday for the circuit matchup with the Thundering Herd, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Sr., MF, Matt Lodge (Rossington, England)

NOTES: Senior midfielder Matt Lodge connected on his first career penalty kick goal as the game-winning tally in leading UK to a 2-1 comeback win at No. 25 UAB on Saturday ... Lodge finished the penalty after freshman forward Caleb Richardson forced the attempt by drawing a foul on a run in the box ... The win for UK was its first over UAB since the 2008 season and marked UK's first comeback win of the year ... A native of Rossington, England, Lodge has six goals in 2012 and owns 23 in his sparkling four-year career ... He ranks tied for fourth in UK career history in goals and sixth in points (61) ... With his eighth career game-winning goal - and his second in 2012 - Lodge ranks tied fourth in program history ... In the win at UAB, Lodge fired a club-best three shots and now has a school-record 177 in his career.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
R-Jr., GK, Jack Van Arsdale (Richmond, Va.)

NOTES: Junior goalkeeper Jack Van Arsdale saved five shots in a stellar performance to lead UK to a win at No. 25 UAB on Saturday night ... Van Arsdale charted five saves, including several leaping, diving and fully extended efforts to thwart scoring chances for the physical Blazers ... On the year Van Arsdale has a 1.39 goals-against average in 11 games and 970 minutes, saving 32 shots with two shutouts ... The native of Richmond, Va., has now shined in UK's two wins over top-25 foes on the road in 2012, also posting a six-save performance in a 1-0 win at No. 18 Louisville on Sept. 14 ... Van Arsdale has now started eight consecutive games in goal for UK, sporting a 1.34 goals-against average in those games, with UK owning a 5-2-1 record.

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