Tappel, Riggs Leads UK to Season-Opening Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In his first game since 2010, Kentucky senior C.J. Tappel netted a goal and an assist and sophomore Tyler Riggs added a goal, lifting the Kentucky men's soccer team to a season-opening 2-0 win over Dayton, on a gorgeous Friday night at the UK Soccer Complex.
The win marked the 200th career win for UK head coach Ian Collins, who has compiled a 200-154-45 career record over 21 years as a head coach in collegiate soccer and a 189-123-36 record in his 19 years as UK's head man.
Kentucky (1-0-0) improved to 12-8-1 all-time in season lidlifters with the win, posting a win over the Flyers in the first meeting between the two teams.
The Wildcats dominated pace of play throughout the game, outshooting the Flyers 19-5, including 11-2 in shots on goal. UK totaled a staggering eight corner kicks to just two for Dayton.
UK returns to action on Sunday, hosting No. 9 Michigan at 7 p.m. ET at the UK Soccer Complex.
Riggs got the Wildcats on the board with his goal in the 31st minute, as Charles Pettys played a ball to Tappel, who found Riggs on the opposite end of the six-yard box for his first goal of the year. Riggs' goal marks the second consecutive season the Louisville, Ky., native has scored a goal in the season opener, netting his first career goal in the lidlifter against Eastern Illinois in 2010. As an All-Conference USA freshman team member last year, Riggs netted five goals to lead the Wildcats.
In the 33rd frame, Pettys lofted a beautiful corner kick from the near corner of the pitch. The ball found Tappel at the near corner of the six-yard box, with a quick, hard touch from Tappel sailing past the keeper for his first goal of the year. The goal was the sixth career goal for Tappel, who sat out the 2010 season with a redshirt after playing in 54 games through his first three seasons on campus.
UK keeper Tyler Beadle notched his fifth career shutout, saving two Dayton shots while facing five total efforts. Beadle, a 2010 All-Conference USA freshman team selection, totaled four clean sheets in his first collegiate campaign.
UK junior Matt Lodge fired a game-best five total shots in the game, including three on goal, while Tappel totaled four shots and three shots on goal, notching the goal and assist. Pettys earned his first career two-assist game, with UK also getting two shots from each Brendan Murphy and Riggs. Murphy had UK's best chance at a third goal, firing a shot that forced an awkward diving save, with the argument made that it crossed the end line.
Dayton (0-1-0) keeper Alex Storm saved six total shots, with the Flyers also notching three team saves in the contest.