Tappel, Griffiths Lead UK to 2-0 Win at FIU
Nov. 1, 2009
MIAMI -- Junior midfielder C.J. Tappel broke open a scoreless game with a goal in the 56th minute and senior Jason Griffiths netted his eighth career penalty-kick goal in the 85th, lifting the Kentucky men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win in the final road match of the season at FIU, on a hot Sunday afternoon at the FIU Soccer Stadium.
Kentucky (11-5-0, 4-3-0 Conference USA) now has 12 points in the conference and sits in fourth place, with the league taking the top four teams to the conference tournament, hosted by the regular-season champion.
In the 56th minute, UK got on the board, as Tappel fired a great shot from the far end of the 18-yard box, drilling it hard and into the far corner of the box for his second goal of the year, with Tyler Burns notching the assist.
In the 85th frame, Griffiths notched his third goal of the year and his eighth career penalty-kick goal. Freshman Matt Lodge put the pressure on the FIU defense, as the Golden Panthers had 10 men on the UK side of the pitch. Lodge, a native of Rossington, England, broke through and was fouled inside the box by the FIU keeper, setting up Griffiths goal. In his career, Griffiths is a perfect 8-for-8 on penalty-kick attempts in the regular season.
FIU (5-10-1, 0-6-1 C-USA) keeper Phillip Lamarre totaled four saves, while facing 16 UK shots. UK senior keeper Dan Williams notched his fifth shutout of the year and the 19th of his career, moving into a tie for third-place all-time in UK career history. A native of Fairfax Station, Va., Williams saved one shot, while facing six total shots.
Kentucky returns to action Wednesday, hosting SMU in the conference finale at 1 p.m. ET. The Mustangs will come to Lexington in fifth place in the league with eight points, with two conference games remaining. A UK win over SMU Wednesday would clinch a berth in the post-season.
Griffiths led UK with three shots, including two on goal, while Tappel, Lodge and sophomore Taylor White each charted two shots. Brad Walker, Josh McCrary, Barry Rice, Tim Crone and Mark Laver each contributed a shot in the contest.