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On Sunday, the Kentucky women's soccer team held its annual Kick Cancer Match. You may have already read about how the Wildcats' victory over Georgia made the evening even more special, but today you can hear about it directly from one of the players.

Star junior Arin Gilliland dedicated her latest espnW.com blog entry to the match. Here's an excerpt.

Before the game, we celebrated the life of a very special young lady and our honorary ball girl, Allison Berger. She and her family (Steve and Crystal Berger) forever changed multiple people's lives on this team, and they did the honors of presenting the game ball before the match, followed by a moment of silence in remembrance of Allison.

We came out ready to play. Every person on that field had channeled every bit of emotion they had bottled up. This game was much more than just a soccer game for us, and we weren't settling for anything less than a win. After a long battle against a great Georgia team, we finally found the back of the net to take home a 1-0 win.

Afterward we held a ceremony with all the fans and family and whoever else wanted to participate in the remembrance of their loved ones, family and friends who had fallen to cancer. Everyone received a flower that was donated by a local grocery company and placed it on the goal line inside the goal, when they were ready, during a moment of silence.

The Cats wore special gold jerseys for the match and they are now up for auction here along with other items. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the fight against pediatric cancer.

Back the action on the pitch, No. 19 UK (8-2-1) hits the road for a pair of Southeastern Conference matches this weekend. The Cats face Mississippi State at 8 p.m. ET on Friday and Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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