Women's Soccer Drops Louisville 2-0
Sept. 9, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky women's soccer team (6-0-0) pushed its season-opening winning streak to six, following a 2-0 shutout of in-state rival Louisville (1-4-1) Friday night in the Tropical Smoothie Invitational at the UK Soccer Complex.
In front of a raucous crowd of over 1,300 fans, the Wildcats posted their second shutout of the season and their second straight shutout of the Cardinals at home.
"Well, I have to give thanks to the Big Blue Nation. Thank you so much," UK head coach Jon Lipsitzsaid. "Last time we played (Louisville) here we had over 1,000, and I was joking in the office that if we didn't have over 1250 here tonight, I would have been disappointed. We were over that. Huge crowd, they were awesome and loud. I can't thank them enough."
Kentucky was the aggressor all night, owning possession throughout the first half. However, they were never able to scratch until the closing moments of the first half.
The action began on a Kelsey Hunyadi corner kick that was cleared by the Cardinals with less than 30 seconds left on the clock. Ashley VanLandingham took the long clear and sent a ball back over the top to Stuart Pope. Pope pushed it to Alyssa Telang, who headed a perfect ball to a charging Cassie Ransdell. Ransdell volleyed the ball in for a 1-0 UK lead with: 09 left on the clock. It was her first career goal and would end up being the game-winner.
The score held firm for most of the second half with both teams getting equal opportunities. The Wildcats finally converted off another corner kick. Hunyadi dropped a corner right in front of the goal where a scrum ensued and Pope was finally able to finish in the 82nd minute for a 2-0 lead and her third goal of the season.
"I thought we were really composed, I really liked our possession," Lipsitz said. "We are becoming a better team at keeping the ball and that's what we want. One of the things we have worked on a lot is the difference between calm and casual. You can be incredibly intense and calm at the same time. As soon as you slip into a little arrogance, and a little casualness, you lose the details and you are no good anymore. We spent a lot of time this week working on that."
UK outshot Louisville 18-12, including an 8-3 edge in the first half. The Wildcats also finished with eight corners to Louisville's five.
Hunyadi paced the Wildcat offense with a game-high five shots. Pope finished with four shots and three points on her goal and assist. It was her first multi-point game of the season.
The shutout was the second this season for freshman Kayla Price.
The last time Kentucky was undefeated this late in a season was ten years ago in 2001, when the Wildcats started the season 7-0-0 before losing their eighth game of the season to Arizona State.
The Cats now face Southeast Missouri in the Tropical Smoothie Invitational championship Sunday afternoon.
Kentucky has faced Southeast Missouri one time in program history, which resulted in a 2-1 SEMO victory in the 2002 season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. A live stream will be available at UKathletics.com/allaccess. Live stats will also be available at UKathletics.com.
Louisville and Butler will play in the consolation game, scheduled to begin at noon.