Keen’s First-Career Goal Earns UK Fifth Straight Win Over Louisville
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore Katy Keen’s 59th-minute goal, the first of her career, was the match’s only goal on Friday night, as the No. 22 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team blanked the Louisville Cardinals to win its fifth straight “Battle of the Bluegrass” 1-0, in front of a new Kentucky Soccer record crowd of 3,371 fans.
Keen was played the ball from 11 yards out across the box and square with the goal by winger Lauren Nemeroff, who notched her first-career point on Friday night with the game-winning assist. Keen placed the ball off the ground into the net to the keepers’ right above the gloves to put the Wildcats up 1-0.
The match started at 8:51 p.m. ET, some 81 minutes after the scheduled start time of 7:30 due to weather in the area. Match officials determined it was safe to begin the match with a window of opportunity, and it was completed with no weather-related issues.
It was a match of attrition, featuring four yellow card and 25 fouls during the 90 minutes. The Cardinals ended up with 10 shots, one more than Kentucky – but the Wildcat defense only allowed three of them on goal. There was a moment for the Cardinals offense right after the goal, but UK’s defense swept a rebound off the line and cleared it for the game-saving play. Freshman keeper Katelyn Jensen made two saves on the night, recording her fourth shutout in fifth game for the Wildcats.
The crowd of 3,371 fans combined with the men’s match at 5:00 p.m. ET set a new UK soccer record for most fans to watch any men’s or women’s match in its 23-year history.
Kentucky has now shutout the Cards four-straight years, making it now 397 consecutive minutes since UL has last scored a goal on the Wildcats. This is the fifth time that UK has won five straight in the series over the Cardinals, as the Wildcats won the first five played.
UK returns home on Sunday to round out the weekend with a match against Ohio University at 6 p.m. ET. The match will be shown live on the SEC Network+ with Neil Price and J.D. Stephenson on the call.
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