Hutchins’ Strike Gives No. 17 Men’s Soccer 1-0

Box Score

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 17 Kentucky men’s soccer team got a 48th-minute goal from Noah Hutchins and a second consecutive clean sheet from keeper Stuart Ford on Tuesday night to edge Duquesne, 1-0.

The Wildcats started the season 2-0-0 for the second year in a row. 

The Wildcats have scored five and conceded no goals in 180 minutes of game action in 2016.


The Goal
After a first half where Kentucky had the edge in terms of run of play -- earning nine shots to DU’s four -- the Wildcats broke through in the 48th minute. 

Kentucky played out of pressure in the back and worked the ball up the pitch where MAC Hermann Award watch list member Jordan Wilson played a ball over the top to Hutchins. The UK junior made a trademark run at the Duquesne’s last line of defense, and his aggression payed off as he found himself with a look at goal from 12 yards. He fired left-footed past Duquesne keeper Evan Kozlowski, who was diving to his right for the goal. It was Hutchins’ first goal of the season. 

The quote
“It’s good for the team we had a great win on the road against Marquette and then to come in here we were pretty excited for the home opener,” Wilson said. “Last year we had a good record at home. We want to kind of make this our fortress – a hard place to come and play. A hard game against a good team with a good game plan. We dug out the win in the end so it’s a confidence boost for the guys.

“On the goal I saw a few guys making a run, Noah coming inside in the hole. So I just tried to play it into his path and then the rest was down to him.”

The notes
Kentucky and Duquesne met for the first time.

Kentucky has won every home opener dating to the 2008 season. 

Hutchins scored the fourth goal of his career as he tallied three last season. He now has two game-winning goals in his career. 

The next one
Kentucky will host Dartmouth on 7 p.m. at The Bell on Friday.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and $2 for youth and seniors. Fans can purchase tickets online via Ticketmaster or by calling (800) 928-2287, or at the ticket window at The Bell.
The match will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

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