PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Despite Charles Pettys’ first goal of the season in a return to his home state, No. 15 Kentucky men’s soccer allowed three unanswered goals after taking an early lead and was held to a season-low 11 shots in a 3-1 loss to Stanford, on a gorgeous Friday afternoon at newly renovated Cagan Stadium.
The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead on Pettys’ goal in the eighth minute, with UK All-America candidate Matt Lodge tallying the assist. Lodge has now notched a point in four consecutive matches, owning four goals and two assist in the last four games. Pettys now owns three assists and one goal in 2011.
Kentucky (4-1-1) suffered its first loss of the season, as Stanford held the potent UK offensive attack to a season-low 11 shots and three corner kicks. The Cardinal took a total of 12 shots in the game, including a 9-4 advantage in the first half. Overall, Stanford took eight corner kicks in the contest.
UK got on the board early into the game, as Lodge made a run down the near sideline and attempted a cross into the box but was deflected out to Pettys in the middle of the 18-yard box. Pettys – a transfer from UC Santa Barbara – fired a hard-hit liner at the far post, past a diving keeper for his first goal of the year, coming in front of his friends and family in his home state. Lodge’s assist was his second of the year.
UK was led offensively by senior midfielder Josh McCrary who fired three shots in the game, with Lodge adding two shots, including one on goal. Pettys, Josh Mulvany, Tyler Riggs, Brendan Muphy, Sam Brooks and Jonathan Brown each added shots.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, traveling to No. 13 California for a 5 p.m. ET matchup with the Golden Bears. Fans can follow along with a live blog through UKathletics.com.
Stanford evened up the game off a corner kick in the 33rd minute, as Eric Anderson lofted a corner to the far post that J.J. Koval headed in.
The Cardinal took the lead off a free kick in the 36th, taking a 2-1 advantage. Anderson lofted the kick into the box and Adam Jahn headed it in for the second Stanford goal of the contest.
In the 50th minute, Stanford added a goal to its lead as Zach Batter got a through ball and cut it back to Dersu Abolfathi, who fired the one-touch for the goal.
Kentucky keeper Tyler Beadle made three saves in the game, his first contest since missing the last two games due to minor injury. Stanford (1-3-0) keeper Drew Hutchings saved two shots in the game.