C.J. Tappel's Goal Gives UK Road Win at Xavier
Sept. 23, 2009
CINCINNATI -- C.J. Tappel's first goal of the season broke open a scoreless game and lifted the 20th-ranked Kentucky men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over the host Xavier Musketeers, on a foggy Wednesday night at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.
Kentucky (6-1-0) got its first road win of the season, as Tappel gave the Wildcats the difference with his 55th minute goal. UK has now only lost only once in the last 16 matches, dating back to 2008, including a school-record 15-match unbeaten streak that ended in a double-overtime loss Sunday.
UK got on the board early in the second half, taking a 1-0 lead on Tappel's first goal of the season. Marco dos Santos started the play finding Tim Crone inside the box. Crone flipped the ball back to Tappel, who shook himself free in traffic and fired a shot past the diving keeper. The assist was dos Santos' team-high tying second of the year, and Crone's assist was his first of the season. The goal for Tappel, a Lexington, Ky., native, marked his fifth career goal and his first career game-winning goal.
UK totaled 13 shots to eight from the Musketeers, with UK holding a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. Tappel and dos Santos each notched two shots, leading UK. Xavier (0-4-1) goalkeeper Justin Marshall finished with six saves, facing 13 UK shots and thwarting several UK chances late in the game.
UK still leads the all-time series between the two schools, 6-3, including 3-0 all-time in Cincinnati. The Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak to XU, including a 1-0 result in 2008 in Lexington.
UK goalkeeper Dan Williams, a native Fairfax Station, Va., was solid in goal, saving two shots and stopping a XU threat in the 88th and 89th minute to preserve the game, despite battling injury.
Kentucky returns to action Sunday, hosting UNC Asheville at the UK Soccer Complex at 2 p.m. ET.
First-team preseason All-America defender Barry Rice, celebrating his 22nd birthday Wednesday night, won 9-of-11 contested header attempts, bringing his season total to 60-for-71, an 85-percent clip.
UK freshman forward Jacob Kemper registered his first career start and just minutes into the game, showed no nerves, threatening the XU defense with the first attempt of the contest.
The Wildcats had a good shot early in the game, as Crone flipped a pass back to Matt Lodge streaking down the sideline. Lodge saved it on the end line and lofted a cross into a diving Kemper, but his head couldn't find the cross.
Kemper had another good chance in the 70th minute, finding a Tim Muessig throw in with his head and just missing a header shot wide.