Kentucky Unable to Solve Missouri's Defense, Blanked by Tigers
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Kentucky women’s soccer team was blanked by the Missouri Tigers on Thursday night at the Audrey J. Walton Soccer Stadium in Columbia, as UK dropped a 2-0 decision and was shutout for just the second time all season.
With the loss to the Tigers, Kentucky drops to 4-4-2 on the year, and sits on one point in Southeastern Conference play at 0-2-1 in league action. Missouri moves to 7-2-0 on the year and now has six SEC points to its name at 2-1-0 in the SEC.
Missouri dominated most phases of the stat sheet on Thursday night, tallying a season-high 32 shots in the match to Kentucky’s seven, and made UK freshman goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie to make a season-high tying 11 saves in the match.
Missouri took the lead in the 33rd minute off the foot of Bethany Coons, on her first goal of the season. Coons struck the ball from five yards out after Jessica Johnson launched a shot that hit the bottom end of the crossbar and fell to the foot of Coons. Coons then took a touch to the inside to shake her defender and then score the match-opening goal.
After a fairly-even second half in which Kentucky generated a lot more offensive opportunities and scoring chances, the Tigers struck late to seal away the three points for the Tigers as Sarah Luebbert got in behind the Kentucky defense in the 85th minute and chipped in her sixth goal of the season over the diving Soucie.
Kentucky was able to generate four corner kicks in the dying minutes of the match, but was unable to score off of any of them as the Wildcats were held scoreless for just the second time all season.
Kentucky is next on the road at No. 12 South Carolina this Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. The match will be shown live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
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