UK Soccer Set to Begin Spring Schedule

March 9, 2015

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UPDATE - March 14, 2015 - The location of Saturday's friendly vs. Louisville City FC has been moved to Lafayette HS. Address is 401 Reed Lane. Lexington, Ky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky will play games on five dates this spring, beginning on Saturday, March 14 at home against United Soccer League side Louisville City, the men's soccer program has announced.

Kentucky will play four home games at the state of the art Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex. The Wildcats will travel once this spring, to Nashville for the Lipscomb Tournament on Saturday April 11.

Following Saturday's 7 p.m. friendly against Louisville City, the Wildcats will not take the pitch for a game for three weeks.

UK will return to action on Saturday April 4 vs. Cincinnati with first touch scheduled for 6 p.m.

The following Saturday, UK will play in the Lipscomb Tournament.

Kentucky will take on Dayton on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. and then on Saturday, April 25, UK will conclude its spring schedule against Belmont at 7 p.m.

Spring Season Outlook
Kentucky enters the spring schedule on the heels of a bounce-back 2014 season.

UK won 10 games - having lost just one game in conference play all year - and boasted three top-25 wins, including one at top-ranked and defending National Champion Notre Dame.

UK lost one regular starter from the 2014 NCAA Tournament team - Justin Laird - while the rest of the starting 11 is slated to return in 2015.

The Wildcats' 2014 season was also highlighted by head coach Johan Cedergren being voted C-USA Coach of the Year, while goalkeeper Callum Irving was named C-USA Player of the Year, Defensive MVP, Golden Glove Award winner and first-team All-Conference.

Irving became the fourth Wildcat in program history to be named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He also became the third Wildcat in school history to be named a NSCAA Scholar All-American.

Kentucky had four players named NSCAA All-Region in 2014, and three of them - Irving, midfielder Napo Matsoso and defender Jordan Wilson - return to the 2015 squad.

Kentucky never had more than three players selected NSCAA All-Region prior to last season.

UK had three All-C-USA first-teamers, and one player named to the second and third teams each. Additionally two of UK's freshmen, Hampus Agerstrom and Stefan Stojkovic were voted to the C-USA All-Freshman team.

Kentucky's regular starting 11 during the 2014 season featured seven underclassmen and three juniors.