Sep 7, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky men’s soccer team will return home to host IPFW on Sunday at the UK Soccer Complex, with kickoff slated for 12 p.m. ET.
Kentucky (1-1) is coming off a 1-0 loss at East Tennessee State in its 2013 road opener, after posting a 1-0 win over Georgia State in the season lidlifter. The Wildcats and the Bucs were scoreless through the first half, before ETSU struck for the game-winning tally in the 47th minute and held on for the win. UK posted the season-opening win over GSU last Sunday, getting the first career goal from senior Brad Doliner for the difference.
The Wildcats will be facing IPFW for the third consecutive season, after posting a pair of wins in the previous meetings. UK won in 2012 in Fort Wayne, Ind., 5-1, and posted a 4-2 win in 2011 at home in the first meeting of the series. UK got a pair of two-goal games from Tyler Riggs and Gabriel Conelian in the win, with Matt Lodge adding a goal.
IPFW (0-2-1) is coming off a 1-0 loss vs. Loyola on Friday night in Fort Wayne. The Mastodons opened the year with a 2-2 tie with Northern Kentucky on Aug. 30, before suffering a 4-2 loss vs. Dayton. Oscar Uyamadu leads the team with two goals in the first three games, with Jacob Murphy adding a goal and an assist and Stephen Danielian notching one goal. Corey Tom has two assists, with Jose Rodriguez and Robbie Guzman adding assists. Raphael Kotzock has a 2.17 goals-against average with 15 saves in three games.
UK Soccer Complex Game Day
Due to the ongoing construction of the $7.7 million renovations to the UK Soccer Complex, University of Kentucky soccer fans will experience some slight modifications to the game day experience during the 2013 season.
All fans will be admitted into all games for the 2013 season for free for the duration of the season. Fans will also be allowed to re-enter the complex after initial entrance.
Seating will be all general admission for the season and seating will all be located behind the team benches on the grassy area opposite the construction site. Fans will be invited to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the action. There will also be seating located behind the goals on each side of the facility, similar to years past.
Construction will be ongoing for most of the season, and the grandstand side of the facility will be shut down for the entirety of the season. Only credentialed members of the UK staff will be allowed over to that side of the complex.
All fans will be entering and exiting the facility using the existing student entrance located between the game field and the practice field. The existing entrance main gate will be shut down and fans will not be able to enter the facility through those gates, as they will be closed during the construction process.
Fans will be able to park in one of three locations for the season. The first-arriving fans will receive access to the gravel lot located directly across the main gate. Once that lot is filled, fans will be directed to park in the lot that borders the practice field off of College Way. In addition, similar to softball parking in 2013, there will be parking on the west side of College Way in the grassy area between the soccer/softball complex and Commonwealth Stadium. When there are no further available spots, fans will park in select lots of Commonwealth Stadium, which is in walking distance of the UK Soccer Complex. Parking lots will open three hours prior to game time. Handicapped parking will remain as seasons past, as they will be able to park near the main gate in the paved lot.