UK Freshman Probert Shines in 1-1 Draw with Dartmouth

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Connor Probert evened the score at 1-1 just beyond the hour mark, and his first career goal proved sufficient to secure No. 17 Kentucky men’s soccer team a 1-1 draw with two-time defending Ivy League Champion Dartmouth on Friday at The Bell.

Kentucky now has a record of W: 2, L:0, D: 1 in 2015. Dartmouth played its first match of the year on Friday. 

The goals
Both sides had chances in the opening stanza, but Dartmouth drew first blood seconds before the halftime whistle.

The Big Green was awarded a penalty from some jostling on the six. Wyatt Omsberg stepped up to the spot and placed his shot low and just passed a rightward diving Stuart Ford.  

Trailing for the first time this season, Kentucky weathered Dartmouth’s strong start to the second half, and in the 61st minute Connnor Probert brought the hosts level.

Of course it was Kentucky’s midfield maestro Napo Matsoso who eluded a triple team before springing Probert free into the left side of the box. The Auckland, New Zealander cut the ball back at the six to make the defender fall out of his boots, collected himself and squeezed the ball between Dartmouth goalie James Hickock and the near post with his right foot. 

The quote
“Dartmouth is a really good team,” captain Charlie Reymann said. “The work hard. Very good defensively – everything was tough for us going forward with the ball. Very compact and it was just a battle. We knew that coming in – that you had to fight for everything. It was a good team performance. Maybe we wish we would’ve won it.

“To give a goal up like that was tough right before halftime because it was a pretty good first half, but you go in at halftime down 1-0 that’s all you can think about. We did a good job to rally and refocus and come out with a good attitude and we got a goal. I think we knew we were going to get a goal it was just a matter of when. Good for us to know we can come back when we’re down 1-0.”

The notes
Kentucky conceded its first goal of the season. The Wildcats have yet to concede in the run of play. The Wildcats have scored six goals in three games.  

Probert scored his first career goal, to go along with an assist he had a week ago in the season opener. He was the liveliest player on the pitch for much of the evening, forcing the Dartmouth goalkeeper into a number of good saves on his direct free kicks and dribbling at defenders in and around the box.

Matsoso now has two goals and two assists this season.

Stuart Ford allowed the first goal of his career. 

Dartmouth now leads the series 1-0-1 as Dartmouth won the only other meeting between the two teams, 3-1, in 2013.

The next one
Kentucky will host Louisville on Tuesday at The Bell at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gates will open at 6 p.m.  

The game has been designated an “Abe Out” with fans able to take advantage of penny admission if they bring an actual penny and wear UK blue on match night.

Additionally, an Abe Lincoln bobble-leg family package is available in advance of the match, while supplies last. The $16 package includes five general admission tickets and a commemorative Abe Lincoln bobble leg. The bobble leg family package is available on Tickets can be mailed or left in will call and the bobble-leg will be available for pickup on the night of the match. The limit is 250 packages.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets for UK’s games online via Ticketmaster or by calling (800) 928-2287, or at the ticket window at The Bell. Full price tickets for the game are $5.

Kentucky’s 600-plus season ticket holders can wear their 2016 Kentucky Soccer scarves to gain admission.

Parking for the match is first come first served located outside the stadium’s main entrance. Overflow parking will be available above the soccer practice pitch.

The first 250 fans in attendance will get a commemorative Kentucky v Louisville match poster. Abe Lincoln bobble leg ticket packages are also available.

UK players will sign autographs on the side of the pitch following the match weather-permitting.

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