No. 22 Auburn Downs Soccer in SEC Opener
Sept. 24, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - The University of Kentucky women's soccer team (7-2-0, 0-1-0 SEC) fell victim to the 22nd ranked Auburn Tigers (7-1-1, 1-0-0) 4-1 on the opening day of Southeastern Conference play Friday night at the Auburn Soccer Complex in Auburn, Ala.
The Tigers jumped out in front of UK in the 23rd minute with a goal off a set piece. The ball was about 25 yards away from goal off the free kick. Hermann Trophy watch list member Katie Frierson delivered a delicate chip shot into the top of the 18, and found a wide open Jessica Rightmer making a run to the far side. Rightmer took two dribbles and fired a bullet past a diving Kayla King to put Auburn up 1-0.
The Auburn goal was only the third time all year that a UK opponent has scored first on the Wildcat defense.
The Tigers took that 1-0 lead into the locker room. UK was outshot in the first half 14-4, while Auburn also recorded four shots on goal to the Wildcats one.
AU increased their lead to 2-0 in the 55th minute when Julie King knocked home a shot to the far post. The shot came off of an opportunity created by a corner kick. The assists went to Tatiana Coleman, and Katy Frierson.
Auburn added another goal in the 60th minute when the Tigers' Ana Cate netted her team-high fifth goal of the year. Cate found free space in the box, and was delivered a pass to her feet from Tatiana Coleman. Cate netted home the goal, giving Auburn the 3-0 advantage.
Tonight's game marked the first time the Wildcats have given up more than two goals since a 5-1 loss to South Carolina on September 26, 2010, a streak spanning almost one full calendar year.
The fourth Tiger goal was scored after UK's Erin Simon was booked for a yellow card 30 yards from goal. Katy Frierson served a great ball over the top of the Kentucky defense and found the feet of Chelsea Gandy-Cromer who put it past Kayla Price.
UK scored their only goal of the game when Danielle Krohn hit a service ball from about 40 yards away that just kept rising. The ball found its way into the upper 90 of the net untouched, getting UK on the board in the 77th minute. The goal was the first of her career, netting her second and third points of her career.
The Wildcats now sit at 7-2 on the season, suffering their second consecutive defeat in as many tries.
UK travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide for a Sunday afternoon tilt. The game will start at 2:00 p.m. EST. Alabama defeated Vanderbilt 2-0 to open SEC play Friday night.
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