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Kentucky men's soccer: Weekly update (Nov. 4)

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Overall Record: 6-8-2, 3-3-2 C-USA
Record Last Week: 2-0-0, 2-0-0 C-USA

Recent Results
Wednesday, Oct. 30 - won at Marshall, 2-0 | RECAP
Sunday, Nov. 3 - won vs. Florida Atlantic, 6-1 | RECAP


Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, Nov. 5 - vs. Wright State - 7 p.m. [HOME FINALE]
Saturday, Nov. 9 - at New Mexico - 7 p.m.

Offensive Player of the Week Nominee
Sr., F, Tyler Riggs (Louisville, Ky.)

NOTES: Senior forward Tyler Riggs had the best week of his decorated career, totaling four goals in a two-game span, including the ninth hat trick in Kentucky history in a win over FAU ... In UK's must-win road tilt at Marshall on Wednesday, Riggs netted the game-winning goal in the second half and forced a penalty kick with a foul in the box for UK's second goal of the game ... A native of Louisville, Ky., Riggs netted three second-half goals to lead UK to a 6-1 win over FAU on Sunday, marking his first career hat trick ... All three of his goals came in his 24 minutes played in the second half ... Riggs now has four two or more goal game of his career ... He now has 28 goals in his career, the fourth-most in UK history ... His first goal of the trio vs. the Owls came just 23 seconds into the second half, the third-fastest goal to start the second half in program history ... Has five goals in 15 games in 2013, with 33 shots.

Defensive Player of the Week Nominee
So., Callum Irving, GK (Vancouver, British Columbia)

NOTES: Sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving continued his stellar season with a pair of shutout performances in UK's two-game week ... A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Irving saved five shots in UK's 2-0 win at Marshall on Wednesday, including four key saves in a second half to keep the team in the game before UK scored two goals in the late half ... In UK's 6-1 win over Florida Atlantic, Irving worked the first 65 minutes scoreless, before subbing out in favor of senior Jack Van Arsdale on senior day ... Irving is sporting a stretch of 166 consecutive scoreless minutes played ... On the year, Irving has a 1.06 goals-against average in 12 games, with 33 saves and five shutouts.

Team Notes
The Kentucky men's soccer team completed a crucial two-game week with a pair of wins to clinch a berth in the 2013 Conference USA Tournament. UK posted a 2-0 win at Marshall on Wednesday and a 6-1 win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday for Senior Day.


Kentucky (6-8-2, 3-3-2 C-USA) will return to action with its 2013 home finale against Wright State at 7 p.m. ET at the UK Soccer Complex. The Wildcats will then wrap up the regular season with a tilt at red-hot, league-leading New Mexico on Saturday, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET. Courtesy of its win over FAU and a Tulsa win over FIU, UK clinched a berth in the league tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 10-15.

The Wildcats rode a historic scoring week for senior forward Tyler Riggs and a stingy defense to a pair of wins to clinch a postseason berth. Riggs netted a game-winning goal in UK's win at Marshall, also setting up a foul in the box for a penalty kick goal in the 2-0 win. On Sunday, for senior day, Riggs exploded for the ninth hat trick in UK soccer history, getting all three goals in his 24 minutes played in the second half in UK's 6-1 smashing win.

Kentucky's win over FAU was its largest result in its time in C-USA (2005-2013) and marked its largest win in league action since 1999. UK got the three goals from Riggs, with senior Steven Perinovic also getting his first goal of the year and freshmen Kaelon Fox and Ryan Creel getting on the board. Senior Brad Doliner scored UK's penalty kick goal at Marshall on Wednesday to help highlight a strong week for UK's senior class.

The Wildcats have netted 22 goals in 16 games in 2013, allowing 20 tallies and owning a 1.21 goals-against average with five shutouts. UK also has advantages in shots (256-155) and corners (97-70).

Individually, UK has been led in scoring by Doliner, who has five goals and one assist. Riggs has five goals, with Isak Krogstad owning four goals and two assists. Freshmen Napo Matsoso and Sam Miller each have a goal and four assists, with junior Justin Laird leading the team with six saves. Fox has two goals and one assist, with Jacob Scearce sporting a goal and two assists. Freshmen Creel and Charlie Reymann each have a goal and an assist, with Perinovic owning one goal. Bryan Celis has added three assists, with Matt Quick also adding an assist.

In goal, Callum Irving has a 1.06 goals-against average in 12 games, saving 33 shots and sporting five shutouts. Senior Jack Van Arsdale has played in five games with a 1.63 goals-against average, saving seven shots, including two on senior day Sunday vs. FAU.

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