Novak’s First-Career Goal Paces No. 22 Kentucky Past Ohio


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 22 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team shutout the Ohio Bobcats 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex. The Wildcats got a first-half goal from junior Zoe Swift in the ninth minute to go up 1-0 and then tacked on two in the second 45 via Cara Ledman and Kelly Novak to make the final score 3-0.

Kentucky’s Katelyn Jensen, a freshman keeper, recorded her fifth shutout in six matches this season, and fourth clean sheet in a row on Sunday to run the Wildcats’ record to 5-1-0 on the season. UK opens up Southeastern Conference action on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. The game will air nationally on the SEC Network with Pete Pranica and 1999 World Cup Champion Kate Markgraf on the call.

Swift broke though for the Wildcats in the 9th minute on a rebound goal. Katy Keen, who scored the game-winning goal on Friday night against the Louisville Cardinals, played a ball across the box to Jade Klump, who took a shot that was saved well by OU keeper Vanessa Cordoba and the rebound sprayed to the right of the keeper and connected with Swift’s boot for the 1-0 lead.

At halftime, UK had the run of play, and went into the locker room up 1-0 with a 12-3 shot margin lead and a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.

UK was much more clinical in the final third in the second half, getting goals in the 50th and 65th minutes. Senior Cara Ledman scored her first goal of the season in the 50th minute getting to the byline on the left flank and cutting across at the bottom of the box and beating the keeper near post for the 2-0 lead. Ledman’s last goal was in 2-14 on Oct. 24 against Ole Miss. It was her sixth-career goal.

Sophomore Kelly Novak then scored her first-career goal in the 65th minute after freshman Lauren Nemeroff served in a ball to the box that was cleared out initially on the right side, Novak then collected the ball and finished brilliantly to the far post to beat the keeper after a great first touch to the inside.

Eleven different players recorded a shot for UK that played in the match, paced by five from Swift and four from junior Kaitlin Miller, who also hit the crossbar early in the second half.

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