UK Allows Two Own Goals, Drops Match with Tulsa
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After battling No. 14 Tulsa scoreless through 59 minutes, the Kentucky menís soccer team allowed a pair of own goals in a span of three minutes, as the visiting Golden Hurricane topped the Wildcats 3-0, on a chilly Wednesday evening at the UK Soccer Complex.
Despite controlling the majority of the contest in the first half, Tulsa found itself in a slugfest with the injury-depleted Wildcats midway through the second period. In the 60th minute, off a hard searching cross, UK defensive anchor Barry Rice attempted a sliding clearance in the Wildcat six-yard box, but his attempt sailed awkwardly off his leg and into the net for Tulsaís first goal.
Just minutes later in the 63rd minute, Tulsa formed an organized attack, passed the ball to Zach Nulisch, who fired a shot that deflected off Rice and into the net for the Golden Hurricaneís second goal of the evening.
Jose Prada put the contest away for Tulsa in the 87th minute, emerging from the Wildcat defense on a breakaway pass from Eric Burkholder and firing the ball through UK goalkeeper Dan Williams legs, for the third and final goal of the contest.
The Wildcats (3-6-2, 1-1-0 C-USA), who entered the match riding the momentum of a two-game winning streak, outshot the Golden Hurricane 13-11, but were unable to net a goal to gain momentum. Tulsa senior goalkeeper Dominic Cervi, an imposing 6-foot-6 figure in between the pipes, earned his third shutout of the season, making five saves on the 13 Wildcat shots.
Tulsa (6-2-2, 1-0-2 C-USA) controlled the first few minutes of the contest, forcing five corner kicks in the first 15 minutes. The Golden Hurricane had its best scoring opportunity early in the contest in the 16th minute and Tulsa rebounded a shot and fired a line drive at a diving Williams who stopped it for his third save in the first 15 minutes.
UK registered its first shot of the contest in the 19th minute, as Jase Griffiths fired a shot that missed wide of the goal.
The Wildcats got another good scoring opportunity in the 29th minute, as Luke Maitland broke through the defense and fired a shot over the top of the goal.
Tulsa controlled the momentum of the first half, firing six total shots, with four on goal. UK only mustered three shots, while the Golden Hurricane registered six total corner kicks in the first 45 minutes of soccer.
Kentucky returns to conference action with a Saturday evening tilt at Memphis. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET.