MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Corey Albertson totaled a goal and two assists and goalkeeper Ray Clark made eight saves to lead the 25th-ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane to a 5-0 win over the Kentucky men’s soccer team, eliminating the Wildcats in the Conference USA Tournament quarterfinals and ending UK’s season, on a chilly Wednesday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Kentucky (7-8-4, 4-2-2 C-USA) faced the Golden Hurricane for the second consecutive year in the C-USA Tournament, with TU using a five-goal outburst for the win, advancing to face second-seeded UCF on Friday night.
The Wildcats allowed TU goals in the 15th, 56th, 77th, 79th and 87th minutes, with the second-half barrage coming as UK applied as much offensive pressure as possible with its backline brought up for goal-scoring opportunities. Albertson led the way with the goal in the 56th frame, adding assists on the goals in the 77th and 79th minutes. Clark made eight saves in the game, as the Wildcats owned a 17-13 shot advantage in the game.
UK was led offensively by Jordan Rose, who totaled a game-best five shots, including two on goal. Matt Lodge, a second-team All-Conference USA selection, totaled four goals, while Tyler Riggs and Drew Midkiff each charted two shots. UK goalkeeper Tyler Beadle saved four shots, with UK using freshman goalkeeper Kevin Corby in his first career action, logging the final nine minutes of the contest.
Tulsa (10-5-2, 3-3-2 C-USA) avenged UK’s 2-1 win over TU in the regular-season, as UK posted the win in Tulsa on Oct. 27.