#15/9 Kentucky Heads South for Conference Road Test

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 15/9 Kentucky men’s soccer team will play on the road in Conference USA for the second time this season, at UAB Saturday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The match is slated to be broadcast on CUSA.TV.

Kentucky will look to maintain form atop the C-USA Table, as the Cats are level on six points with No. 17/16 Charlotte and South Carolina.

The setup
Kentucky enters on a five-match unbeaten run that includes four wins and a draw. Two of those wins (v New Mexico and Charlotte) were against ranked opponents.

The Wildcats have a 2016 record of won 7, lost 2, drew 2 (2-1-0 Conference USA).

UAB enters Saturday’s showdown 5-3-3 (1-1-1 C-USA), two points behind the league leaders. The Wildcats won at home each of the past two weekends in the league, after dropping the C-USA opener at FIU.

Kentucky midfield maestro Napo Matsoso has a team-high four goals. Charlie Reymann has the team lead with five assists, with Matsoso one behind. Reymann leads C-USA in assists.

Kentucky is 2-2 in road matches this season, including a 2-1 loss in its lone C-USA away game. 

Kentucky has allowed six goals this season, two from the run of play.

Against Evansville Kentucky scored multiple goals in a game for the first time since winning 4-0 in the opener.

Saturday’s matchup figures to be a battle between two of the nation’s top defenses. Kentucky’s goals-against average – 10th best nationally entering the weekend – is 0.51. UAB ranks 14th in that category (0.59).

The quote
“UAB is always a tough game for us,” UK senior captain Charlie Reymann said. “The past couple of years I think it’s’ been 1-0, both were battles. Defensively we have to stay strong because they’re always good offensively. We just have to play as a team, and hope to come out with a good result.”

The precedent
Kentucky defeated UAB 1-0 each of the last two years.

Kentucky is 7-5 against UAB all-time.

UK Soccer in C-USA
Kentucky plays in C-USA in men’s soccer only. The Southeastern Conference does not offer men’s soccer as a sport. South Carolina is the only other SEC university that has a varsity men’s soccer team. The Gamecocks are also in C-USA.

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