Kentucky Hosts Midweek Fixture with Undefeated SEMO
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a season-best offensive output on Sunday night against Murray State in a 5-0 win, the Kentucky women’s soccer team will play host to the undefeated Southeast Missouri State RedHawks in a rare Wednesday night fixture at the Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington. The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
The Wildcats scored five goals on Sunday vs. MSU, with four different goal scorers in the match – which were both season highs. The Wildcats are now beginning to hit their stride both offensively and defensively, as Kentucky held the nation’s leading offense, No. 5/1 Florida, to just two goals in over 100 minutes of soccer on Thursday night, dropping a tough double overtime decision to the Gators.
Freshman goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie has been nothing short of spectacular in her recent run of form. The Milford, N.J., native was recently named to the TopDrawer Soccer Best XI, outlining the best 11 players of the week after her career-best 11-save performance against Florida on Thursday and a shutout on Sunday – her second straight Sunday shutout.
Mexican National Team member Tanya Samarzich has had the hot boot lately, scoring all five of her goals in the last four matches, including two multi-goal matches – becoming the first player since Arin Gilliland in 2013 to have two multi-goal matches in the same season. Samarzich leads the Wildcats in scoring with five goals and 10 points on the season.
The undefeated RedHawks are 6-0-1 on the season and flying high after a perfect August and first two weeks of September. After opening the season with a 1-0 win on Rocky Top over the Vols, the RedHawks have played and won all three of their one-goal matches and also beat Union College, 4-1. Their most recent match was a 1-0 win over Florida Atlantic, one of four 1-0 wins this year for SEMO. In an exhibition against the SEC’s Vanderbilt Commodores, SEMO drew with Vandy, 0-0. Their RPI is currently 99th in the nation.
This week’s matchup marks the fourth all-time meeting between UK and SEMO. Kentucky leads the series, 2-1, with the last meeting coming as a 2012 UK win, 1-0. All three meetings between UK and SEMO have come in Lexington. In 2002, UK won 2-1, and in 2011, UK won, 2-0.
Match Day No. 8
Southeast Missouri State at Kentucky
Bell Soccer Complex, Lexington, Ky.
TV: SEC Network+, ESPN3, WatchESPN app (Neil Price, Stuart Pope)
Watch online: http://es.pn/2cwsmR2
Live Stats: UKathletics.com
Tickets: $5 adults, $2 children (6-18) and seniors (65+), FREE (5 and under)For the latest on the Kentucky women’s soccer team, follow @UKWomensSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as on the web at UKathletics.com.