Soccer Ends Road Stretch with 2-0 Loss at Arkansas
Oct. 10, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The UK women’s soccer team (7-6-1, 1-4-1 SEC) closed out a tough road four-game stretch with a 2-0 lost to Arkansas (4-8-2, 1-4-1) in Fayetteville.
The Wildcats were never able to mount a consistent offensive attack, dropping their second straight match on the road.
“I have no complaints about our play. We had our back-up goalkeeper playing significant minutes today and that should say how undermanned we were,” said UK head coach Jon Lipsitz. “You can’t as a coach have an expectation to go on the road in conference and have your back-up goalkeeper have to be one of your key subs and expect any more than we had today. I thought we worked extremely hard; I thought the players did their best and I’ll never ask for more than that.”
UK was shorthanded throughout the match after sitting seven players due to a violation of team rules.
“I’m proud of our senior class. They made a decision to put seven teammates into the stands today and not let them dress because they were unable to follow our team culture,” said Lipsitz. “I’m proud that they felt the future of this program and the culture we’re working so hard to build is more important than one game. We talk about leaving a legacy all the time and with their statement today, there’s nothing more important than what type of teammate you are. They’ve left a great legacy and I couldn’t be prouder of that class.”
Arkansas struck first in the 20th minute. The Razorback goal started off a corner kick that UK failed to clear. Laurel Pastor then controlled the ball on the far side and lofted a cross towards the far post that Kelsey Allison put in the upper right 90 for the Razorback goal.
Taylor Parker threatened to tie it in the 31st minute, but her shot from 18 yards out was deflected just enough by Arkansas goalie Britni Williams to bounce it off the far post.
The Razorbacks took a 2-0 lead on a converted penalty kick from Allie Chandler. Arkansas was attacking inside the Kentucky 18-yard box and Laura Novikoff was whistled for taking Chandler down.
The Wildcats return home on Friday where they’ll play four of their final five matches beginning with Alabama. It will be the Cats’ first home game since Sept. 26.