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Second-half flurry sparks men's soccer rout

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Sophomore Isak Krogstad sparked UK's rout with two goals in the span of four minutes. Sophomore Isak Krogstad scored two goals in four minutes in UK's 4-0 win over IPFW on Sunday. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
After scoring just one goal through the first two games of the season, the University of Kentucky men's soccer team unleashed a flurry of goals in the span of 11 minutes Sunday afternoon in a 4-0 win over IPFW.

The Wildcats even failed to score in the first half against the Mastodons, but after IPFW's Alex Kemp committed a handball -- resulting in a red card and an ejection -- in the penalty box in the 50th minute, Kentucky took full advantage. Steven Perinovic stepped up looking to put the Cats on the board, but was stifled by goalkeeper Raphael Kotzock.

As young as they are, the Wildcats could have put their heads down after a missed opportunity, but the Wildcats showed a sign of maturity. Just over a minute later, Isak Krogstad received a pass from Alex Bumpus and Kaelon Fox and found the back of the net for the first of his two goals on the afternoon.

Krogstad scored again just four minutes later. His two goals were the first of his career.

"It felt amazing," said Krogstad about his first goal. "I really wanted a goal today and (assistant coach Erik) Imler told me before the game that he was expecting a goal. Killer spirit wanted it in."

Napo Matsoso then made it 3-0 in favor of the Wildcats in the 56th minute and Charlie Reymann gave UK its final edge of 4-0 on his first career goal in the 63rd minute.

A four-goal afternoon is just what the doctor ordered for a team that's struggled offensively through the first two games. 

"I thought everyone did a great job of that today in terms of staying switched on," said Kentucky head coach Johan Cedergren. "They (IPFW) aren't an easy team to break down. We just needed that one unselfish run to unlock them and I'm really happy with how we played."

When 19 of your 25 players are underclassmen, there are bound to be some headaches early on.

"I've been telling the guys ever since the first day that age is just a number," Cedergren said. "For me and the staff, it's a bad number, but for them it's a great number because some of these guys are going to play for four years. It's just great to see that we have so much talent in the freshman class."

On the day, Kentucky fired a school-record 35 shots, besting the previous record of 31 set back in 1994. Of those 35, 15 came on goal.

"I really love that we keep on pushing through the entire game," said Krogstad, a native of Tromsoe, Norway. "In the first half we were pushing, but we just lacked that last ball, especially offensively. In the second half we just kept on going and (IPFW) got that red card, which was a relief for us. The goals then just started rolling in."

Krogstad and the Wildcats hope this is a sign of what's to come for the rest of the season because once conference play begins, goals will be a premium.

"It means a lot for us, especially to score four goals and not just one," Krogstad said. "We're starting to get it and you can see it in practice. I have great faith in this team and we've got something good going this year."

Up next for Kentucky is a rematch with Xavier, which knocked the Wildcats out of the NCAA Tournament a season ago, a destination UK hopes to reach again this season.

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