Women’s Soccer Closes Out Season With 2-1 Loss to LSU


ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The Kentucky women’s soccer team closed the book on its 2015 season Monday night, suffering a 2-1 defeat to the LSU Tigers for the second time in five days, as the Wildcats bowed out of the Southeastern Conference Tournament opening round at the Orange Beach SportsPlex in Orange Beach, Ala.

Kentucky finishes its season at 9-7-4 overall and 3-5-3 in the SEC. 

The Wildcats scored the match’s opening goal in the 24th minute as Mexican International Tanya Samarzich scored on a goal from Cara Ledman to put UK up early. Off a refire from a corner kick, Samarzich got the ball from 10 yards out and put home a greatly-served ball from Ledman back across the face of goal into the back of the net with the outside of her foot for the 1-0 lead.

UK took that 1-0 lead into the break having seven shots in the opening 45 and two of them on goal. UK also had five corner kicks in the half and did not concede one in the frame.

Kentucky conceded its first goal of the match in the 47th minute, as Natalia Gomez-Junco scored from 22 yards out on a rebounded corner kick on a teasing ball into the box. The Tigers then took the lead again in the 54th minute as Gabriela Maldonado scored for LSU off a corner kick as both LSU goals were scored off corner kicks. 

Katelyn Jensen, who had one of the best freshman seasons in net for a Kentucky keeper, had seven saves on the night. Jensen faced 15 shots on the night with nine of the Tigers’ shots coming on goal.

LSU advances to play second-seeded Missouri in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday. 

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