Women's Soccer Falls To Georgia 2-1 In Sudden Death
Wildcat's tie game with less than eight minutes remaining, lose on penalty kicks.
NASHVILLE (Nov. 4, 1999) -- The 14th-ranked University of Kentucky women's soccer tied the Georgia Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon, 1-1, in the first round of the SEC Tournament. However, UGA advanced to the semifinals of the tournament over UK in sudden death penalty kicks, 2-1.
UK (16-2-2) came out flat and fell behind 1-0 in the first half when UGA scored off a corner kick. The Dawgs' Gina Forte sent the corner kick into a crowd in front of UK goalkeeper Beth Wells, but the ball appeared to bounce off a UK player's back and into the net, giving UGA 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the Cats came out a different team and clearly outplayed UGA (13-5-2), while outshooting the Dawgs 6-1 in the second half.
With under eight minutes left to play, UK finally got on the board when freshman Keri Boyce netted her 13th goal of the season. UGA keeper Nicole Williams came out to try and corral the ball but was unable to scoop it up. Boyce found the ball at her feet and beat two UGA defenders, tying the score at one goal apiece.
The Cats had a shot to win the game with just under two minutes remaining in the first overtime when UK's Annie Gage sent a corner kick in to the box but defender Emily Oetjen's header went wide to the left of the goal. UK outshot the Dawgs in the first overtime, 4-0.
In the second overtime, both teams were unable to find the back of the net sending the game to penalty kicks.
In the first-round of penalty kicks, UGA nailed three of its first five PK's, while UK hit two of its first four kicks. The Dawgs had a chance to win the game on their final penalty kick but UK freshman keeper Jo Fletcher batted the ball down. Gage took UK's final PK and fired it past Williams to save the game for the Cats and send it to a round of sudden death penalty kicks.
UGA went first in sudden death and freshman Nicole Greathead hit the kick, while UK junior Jaime Dellbringge matched Greathead by nailing her PK. Freshman Beth Culver converted her kick putting the pressure on the Cats'. UK junior Hope Deutschle's kick was knocked down by Williams sending UGA to the SEC semifinals via a 2-1 advantage on sudden death penalty kicks. The Cats unbeaten streak remains in tact at 16 games.
"We did not play well in the first half, but we made some adjustments before starting the second half," UK coach Warren Lipka said. "Penalty kicks is a tough way to lose a game. We really didn't have many solid scoring chances today and that hurt us. Jo Fletcher gave a great effort for us in goal. We just need to go back and regroup and get ready for our next game because our season is far from over."
UK must wait until Sunday night when the NCAA pairings are announced to see where and when the Cats will be playing in the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
1 2 1OT 2OT F Georgia 1 0 0 0 1 UK 0 1 0 0 1 First-Round Penalty Kicks UGA - Cayard, Bongiovanni, Holder (3) UK - Brown, Ramsey, Gage (3) Sudden Death Penatly Kicks UGA - Greathead, Culver (2) UK - Dellbringge (1) Attendance: 587 Scoring - Forte, UGA (unassisted), 24:36; Boyce, UK (unassisted), 82:42 Shots - UGA: 9; UK: 14 Corner Kicks - UGA: 3; UK: 5 Goalkeeper Saves - UGA: 5; UK: 5 Fouls - UGA: 14; UK: 17