Harris Scores First-Career Goal in 3-1 Loss to Samford
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Cailin Harris netted her first-career goal Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Cardinal Classic as the Wildcats fell 3-1 to the Samford Bulldogs. The loss was the first of the season for UK, who fall to 5-1 on the season and complete non-conference play with five wins for the third consecutive season.
“I think that Samford absolutely deserved the win today,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “We have no excuses today. I think that one of the things we have to learn is that we have to be ready for every team and respect the game enough to be ready every game. We tried to pick things up in the second half and dig ourselves out of the hole we created and it is very typical when you dig yourself a hole that you start hitting the post and have back saves. Unbelievable credit to Samford. They outhustled us, they outworked us, they cared about us more, were more passionate and I thought they deserved the win.”
In just the second minute of the game, Samford struck with the game’s opening goal. Senior forward Kaley Blanton scored from 40 yards out on a ball that hung up in the air and entered the net near the upper 90, past Kayla King.
Blanton struck again in the 17th minute on a rebound goal for the Bulldogs. After Lindsey Hansen hit the left post, the ball deflected out to the six, when Blanton struck home the rebound to a wide open net. The goal was the second of the game for Blanton. The Bulldog goal was the first goal allowed by UK to its opposition on the season through six games.
Kentucky cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 31st minute on freshman Harris’ first-career goal. After the Wildcats earned a corner kick and the ball was served in by Danielle Krohn, there were multiple deflections in and around the box. Harris got her boot on one of the deflections from about 10 yards out and struck it far post for the goal.
Harris was rewarded for her goal with selection to the Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Team, joining King and Arin Gilliland.
UK went into the half trailing 2-1. It was the first time all year UK has trailed at any point in a game this season, and also the first time Kentucky has trailed in a game at the half since Oct. 19, 2011 when UK trailed Georgia 1-0 at the intermission.
The Bulldogs scored again in the 60th minute on a shot past King to the far post by Brittany Hoffmann for Samford. The ball came in on the far side, and after taking a couple of touches and shedding the defender, Hoffmann struck far post for the goal.
The last time Kentucky allowed three goals in a single game was Oct. 2, 2011 vs. No. 9 Florida in a 3-0 defeat. The Cats had allowed one or fewer goals in seven consecutive games dating back to 2011.
Kentucky will begin Southeastern Conference play next weekend as the Wildcats welcome No. 24 Florida, and undefeated Mississippi State to Lexington for a Friday-Sunday weekend. Friday night’s game will commence at 7:00 p.m. ET with Sunday’s kick off slated for 1:00 p.m.
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