Women's Soccer Releases 2013 Fall Schedule
April 4, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fifth-year head coach Jon Lipsitz and his staff have unveiled the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team’s 2013 fall schedule, which will feature eight non-conference games, 11 Southeastern Conference games, 10 home matches at the newly-renovated UK Soccer Complex, and six matches against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, it was announced Thursday.
“We are very excited to unveil our 2013 schedule,” Lipsitz said. “I think we have created a schedule that is not only going to challenge us in every way possible, in and out of conference against some great teams, but also prepare us for our goals and aspirations that we will set forth in the preseason.”
Kentucky is coming off its most-successful season under the direction of Lipsitz, as UK collected the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win in a 1-0 decision over UT Martin in overtime in the opening round. Kentucky returns its top four leading scorers from a year ago in Arin Gilliland, Courtney Raetzman, Kelli Hubly and Caitlin Landis.
The Wildcats open their season on the road for the second time in the last three seasons, traveling to Winston Salem, N.C., for a showdown with Wake Forest on Friday, Aug. 23, for a match at 6:30 p.m. ET. Wake Forest advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago and was nationally seeded in the tournament. The Wildcats and Demon Deacons have met three times in school history with Wake Forest taking all three decisions.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, Kentucky will usher in a new era as the Wildcats open the newly-renovated UK Soccer Complex. Kentucky has plans for nearly 12 million dollars worth of renovations to the bleachers, press box, team locker rooms and more.
“It is going to be extremely exciting to open up our new stadium for the 2013 season,” Lipsitz said. “We know there has been a lot of hard work being put into making this stadium the best-possible place for our student-athletes to grow and achieve their goals, as well as making this the most fan-friendly environment in our league. We can’t wait to showcase it on a national stage this fall.”
The two-game home stand will continue with in-state foe Eastern Kentucky on Friday, August 30, at 5:00 p.m. ET. UK and EKU have played each of the last two seasons, with UK holding a 4-0-0 record all-time against the Colonials.
After a Friday night game in Lexington, the Wildcats hit the road to Toledo, Ohio for a match up against the Toledo Rockets on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This will be the first all-time meeting between the two squads.
Kentucky and Louisville will continue its yearly rivalry on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET in Lexington. The Wildcats went to Louisville and knocked off the 12th-ranked Cardinals on their home turf a year ago 2-0, and are currently riding a two-game winning streak against the Cards. Kentucky has won three of the four meetings with Lipsitz at the helm against UL.
The home weekend continues on Sept. 8 as Kentucky will welcome Dayton to the Bluegrass State for a Sunday afternoon tilt beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. Dayton, always atop the Atlantic 10 standings year in and year out, got the best of the Wildcats in the teams’ last meeting 2-1 in Dayton in 2011.
Kentucky will usher in its final weekend of non-conference action on Sept. 13 and 15. On the 13th, Texas at San Antonio will travel to Lexington for a 7:30 p.m. ET match, before UK hits the road to Morgantown, W. Va., to face off against the 2012 Big XII Champions, West Virginia. The Mountaineers and Wildcats will play on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
After the eight non-conference games, UK will turn its attention to SEC competition, playing 11 SEC games in 2013, two less than the 13 that was played in 2012. UK will face off against every team in the SEC with the exception of nationally ranked Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
“We know the SEC is going to be tough as always,” Lipsitz said. “It’s is continually one of the nation’s toughest conferences, and it always shows on Selection Monday with our strong representation in the NCAA Tournament. This league is going to have a lot of talent this season, and we hope to put ourselves in position at the end of the season to be fighting for an SEC championship.”
The SEC opener will come on the road, as UK travels to the plains to take on the Auburn Tigers on Friday, Sept. 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Wildcats came from behind for a 2-1 win last year in Lexington, clinching their spot in the 2012 SEC Tournament at the time.
The first full weekend of action will see Kentucky colliding with Arkansas in Lexington on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following the Wildcats home SEC opener, the weekend will come to a close on Sunday, Sept. 29, as the Georgia Bulldogs will play in Lexington at 3:30 p.m. ET. Kentucky went 1-1 versus these two teams a year ago, with both games coming on the road.
Kentucky will make the trip south to Starkville, Miss., and Nashville in the following week to take on Mississippi State and Vanderbilt in a Friday/Sunday showdown as the calendar flips over to October. On Oct. 4, UK will tangle with the Bulldogs at 8:00 p.m. ET and conclude the weekend against Vanderbilt on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Kentucky beat both the Bulldogs and Commodores by a combined margin of 6-1 a year ago, with both matches coming at home.
UK’s second stand-alone weekend comes the second weekend in October, as the Wildcats host Tennessee on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET. UK has won three of the last four against the Lady Vols, including two matches in which UT was ranked. UK toppled Tennessee on Rocky Top 1-0 a year ago.
Another trip south will be on the Wildcats’ radar on Oct. 18 and 20 as UK takes on national power Florida on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ET in Gainesville before making the trip west to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the Crimson Tide. UK recorded a big 2-1 win a season ago in Lexington over the Gators thanks in part to Courtney Raetzman, who scored the winning goal a handful of minutes into the second half to give the Wildcats the win, and SEC lead at the time.
The UK Soccer Complex will see its final weekend of regular-season action on Oct. 25 and 27 as Kentucky welcomes in Missouri and LSU. Kentucky defeated LSU a season ago in double overtime as Raetzman struck a long shot from distance, which proceeded to hit the crossbar, and fall over the line to give UK the 2-1 Sunday road win.
The final weekend of SEC action will be a single-game set with the Gamecocks of South Carolina in Columbia on Halloween night, at 7:00 p.m. ET. After not winning a match in over five years against USC, Kentucky went to Columbia in 2011 and knocked off the Gamecocks 1-0. UK also defeated South Carolina 1-0 in Lexington a year ago on national TV.
The SEC Tournament will run from Nov. 4-10 at the Orange Beach SportsPlex in Orange Beach, Ala. The top 10 teams will qualify for the tournament, with several teams receiving first and second-round byes depending on seeding in the regular season.
The NCAA Women’s College Cup will be held in Cary, N.C., on Dec. 6 and 8. The College Cup will be once again exclusively telecast by ESPN, with ESPNU holding the network coverage for the national semifinals, and ESPN2 hoisting the telecast for the National Championship match.
2013 Fall Schedule
*= Southeastern Conference Match; All Times Eastern
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