Women’s Soccer Hosts UNC Greensboro, Toledo at The Bell
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team returns to The Bell Soccer Complex this weekend for a pair of night matches against UNC Greensboro, and the Toledo Rockets. The match against UNCG will kick off at 5 p.m. ET as part of a doubleheader with the men’s soccer team, and Sunday’s match with Toledo will commence at 6 p.m. ET.
Kentucky capped off its opening weekend of action with a 1-1-0 record, collecting a 1-0 win over No. 20 Washington before falling in a 2-0 decision to the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday night. Courtney Raetzman scored the game-winning goal on Friday night, scoring straight off a corner kick in a tailing ball in the box that wiggled its way across the line in the fracas. Raetzman is UK’s second-leading returning scorer from 2014, after scoring six goals in UK’s Sweet 16 campaign a year ago.
With Courtney Raetzman scoring directly off of a corner kick, Friday night’s result provided an unusual event. In 2014, UK’s first win of the season came off of a direct corner kick from Cara Ledman against Seattle U in the first OT. That marks back-to-back years in which UK’s first win of the season came off direct corner kick goals, one of the rarest plays in the sport.
UNC Greensboro enters this weekend’s slate of matches 0-2-0 on the season, with two losses last week to Loyola Chicago (3-2, OT) and at High Point (2-0). Candice Forbes had a team-high three points on the weekend, with a goal and an assist. Zoe Fishman scored the Spartans only other goal to record her first two points of the season. This weekend’s matchup marks the fourth overall meeting between UNCG and Kentucky, with UK holding the 2-1-0 lead in the all-time series. The last time that UK faced UNCG was in the 2012 Tropical Smoothie Invitational at the UK Soccer Complex, when Kentucky won a 2-0 decision to take the title.
Toledo is 1-1-0 after one weekend of action, recording a double-overtime win over Detroit, 3-2 on Friday in its season opener before falling 3-0 to Notre Dame on Sunday in South Bend. The Rockets got two goals from Isa Echeverri on four shots last weekend, and another goal from Sophie Pohl. The Rockets are coming off of a 7-11-2 season in which they went 4-6-1 in Mid-American Conference play. This weekend’s match-up marks the second all-time meeting between UK and Toledo. Kentucky played Toledo in the Buckeye State in 2013, winning by a 2-1 decision thanks to two second half goals by Stuart Pope and Zoe Swift in the program’s first-ever meeting.
Kentucky will face Louisville in the annual “Battle of the Bluegrass” on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Bell Soccer Complex. All fans who wear blue will be admitted for just $1, and also receive free rally towels upon admittance into the match. Fans will also be treated to free UK soccer trading cards as UKWS looks to break an attendance record. For any youth teams interested in attending, email Alyx Ayer of the UK marketing department at Alexandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 UK Women’s Soccer Weekend:
Friday, Aug. 28 – UNC Greensboro vs. Kentucky – 5:00 p.m. ET, SEC Network+
Sunday, Aug. 30 – Toledo vs. Kentucky – 6:00 p.m. ET, SEC Network+
-Free UKWS trading cards
SEC Network+, No. 23 Kentucky vs. UNCG
SEC Network+, No. 23 Kentucky vs. Toledo
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