No. 25/16 Kentucky Uses Strong First Half to Topple Tennessee


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Upon review of the film, it was determined Kentucky's third goal was headed in by Arin Gilliland. Caitlin Landis was given initial credit for the goal on the cross. Gilliland finishes the match with her first-career hat trick and six points. Landis finishes with one goal and one assist in the match

Oct. 11, 2013

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 25/16 University of Kentucky women's soccer team struck for four first-half goals, with three coming from junior Arin Gilliland, who recorded her first-career hat trick, and senior Caitlin Landis, who has now scored in two of the last three matches. 

"We had a very tactical week in training," UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. "One of the things about getting ahead on film is that we can focus on this game. As I have said all year, when the coaches get to give them a game plan and then they work so hard to meet that plan, it just shows when they do that, how special they can be. Tennessee is a great team, we caught them early, and that was obviously the start we were looking for being back home."

The game's opening goal came from Gilliland in the eighth minute. Wide back Cara Ledman got the ball in a central position about 40 yards from goal and played an entry ball into the box to Landis at the top of the arc. Landis then touched the ball along to a waiting Gilliland, who tucked it past a diving Julie Eckel into the right netting.

Just five minutes later, Landis struck for her first of two goals when she laced a ball far post for her second goal in the last three matches, and third goal of the season. Midfielder Stuart Pope get the ball from the midfield stripe and dribbled into the attacking third before playing it to the far side, where Landis was waiting on the left flank. After receiving the ball, Landis took a right-footed shot that found the upper-right 90 and put the Wildcats up 2-0 just 13 minutes into the match. The goal was Landis' first game-winning goal of the season for the senior from New Columbia, Pa.

Gilliland would strike again in the 25th minute with her sixth goal of the season, and fourth point of the match to give Kentucky the 3-0 lead. Landis was attempting a cross from 25 yards out on the left side, where a waiting Gilliland was there at the six-yard box. Gilliland got a head on the ball, and it was glanced enough to guide it into the back of the net.

Gilliland scored her third goal of the match and Kentucky's fourth of the night in the 40th minute on a breakaway. The Lexington, Ky., native and MAC Hermann Award finalist was slotted a ball from midfield, where she took off and had a one-on-three going on the counterattack. Gilliland beat two defenders and slid to her right before shooting a ball that had pace on it, and Eckel fumbled it, and allowed it to go in the net.

The goal for Gilliland is her seventh of the season and she also has eight assists on the year for 22 points in 2013. Pope leads the team in scoring overall, as her nine goals and five assists have her sitting on 23 points through the opening 14 games of the season.  The three goals marks Gilliland's first-career hat trick in a Kentucky uniform.

The win for Kentucky keeps them in a tie for second place in the Southeastern Conference, as the Wildcats are sitting on 15 points through the opening six matches of the SEC season. LSU leads the conference with 16 points and a 5-0-1 record in league play. 

The four goals against Tennessee are the most goals UK has scored against the Lady Vols since the 2001 season, when Tennessee surrendered four goals in a 4-2 loss to the Wildcats at the 2001 SEC Tournament. It is also Kentucky's fourth-straight win over the Lady Vols in regular season competition. 

The Wildcats next take to the pitch on Friday, Oct. 18, as the Wildcats will travel to No. 6 Florida for a showdown with the Gators at James G. Pressly Field in Gainesville, Fla. The match will be televised on Fox Sports South with kickoff slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.

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