Raetzman’s Corner Powers No. 16 UK Over No. 20 Washington
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior captain Courtney Raetzman’s corner kick goal in the 39th minute that went into the back of the net untouched turned out to be the game-winning goal as the No. 16 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team gathered a 1-0 win over the No. 20 Washington Huskies in its season opener on Friday night.
“It was tough,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said about Friday’s fixture. “We knew Washington was going to come after them with everything that they had. Once we weathered the storm in the first 15-20 minutes of the game, then the game relaxed a little bit and everybody could take a breath. We felt like we really started playing extremely well. You always have a plan as a coach, and it doesn’t always happen. Today it happened."
In front of the fifth-largest crowd ever to watch a UK women’s soccer match in Lexington, Raetzman took the corner from the right side in the 39th minute and served in a curling ball into the six-yard box that went through the defense and over the line for the game’s only goal.
Raetzman, an Elk Grove, Ill., native scored six goals a season ago and is UK’s second-leading returning scorer from its 2014 team that advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. Raetzman, who stands at 4’11’’, scored on her only shot of the night.
Kentucky outshot UW by a tally of 13-7, while also collecting a 5-4 edge in corner kicks, which proved to be the deciding outcome in the game. The leading shot-taker for UK was Kaitlin Miller, who had four shots, with one of them on goal. Freshman Sophie Babo and Lauren Nemeroff each launched shots in their Wildcat debuts as well. The Huskies were held to just three players recording a shot.
Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Jensen was called upon to get her first-career start in the net on Friday, and made the most of it, recording a clean sheet, thwarting off all four Huskie efforts on net.
Kentucky is back in action in its home-opening weekend on Sunday afternoon at 7 p.m. ET live on the SEC Network+ as UK plays host to the San Diego Aztecs, who are receiving votes in the national polls.
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