Kentucky Hosts No. 18 Auburn in Critical SEC Home Match
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s soccer team will host No. 18 Auburn at the Bell Soccer Complex on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET for a critical Southeastern Conference showdown. The match will be shown live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Neil Price (pxp) and Megan Skinner (analysis) on the call from Lexington.
Kentucky is looking to snap a three-match losing streak. The Wildcats dropped an overtime decision to Ole Miss on Saturday night despite outshooting the Rebels 19-3 in the match. Kentucky has not lost four matches in a row since 2009, which was Jon Lipsitz’s first year at Kentucky.
The Wildcats currently sit at 4-6-2 overall on the season and 0-4-1 in the SEC on one point, but still well alive for a spot at the 2016 SEC Tournament in Orange Beach with positive results down the stretch. Auburn enters Thursday’s match at 8-4-0 overall and 4-1-0 in league play.
Auburn has not lost a road match yet this season and currently is slotted at No. 18 in the national polls and No. 16 in the RPI, fighting for a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. Coming off a 1-0 win vs. Mizzou on Thursday night last week, Auburn has held its opponents to just 12 goals in 12 matches. Kristen Dodsen leads the Tiger attack with seven goals on the season, with Cassie Ramsier and Courtney Schell each scoring three times.
Kentucky’s leading scorer continues to be Mexican international Tanya Samarzich, who has scored seven goals and tallied one assist inside the opening 12 matches of the season. Sitting in 15 points, Samarzich is five points ahead of Kaitlin Miller, who has slotted in three goals and three assists for UK.
Inside the series, the Wildcats have won four of the last five games against the Tigers. In 2014, Kentucky beat Auburn twice, including in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory. Overall, Kentucky leads the series 11-9-3. The last time Kentucky lost at home against Auburn was in 2006 (1-0), in overtime.
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