Wildcats Set To Face 1998 NCAA Champions
Sept. 9, 1999
LEXINGTON, Kty. - The University of Kentucky women's soccer team will open the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule when they will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the 1998 NCAA Champion Florida Gators on Friday, Sept. 10. The match at Percy Beard Stadium will begin at 7 p.m.
UK (1-1-1) is coming off a 5-1 loss at the hands of the 8th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sept. 5. The Cats picked up their first win of the season on Sept. 3 when they defeated Xavier 3-1 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Cats are led by defender Allison Peppers and forward Keri Boyce. Peppers has recorded an assist in each of the last two games, including an assist on the game-winning goal against Xavier. Boyce, a freshman out of Birdsboro, Pa., leads UK in goals with two and has taken a team-high ten shots.
"Playing Nebraska last week helped us prepare and gave us an idea of how to play at that level," UK coach Warren Lipka said. "Hopefully we'll come out and be ready to play with that level of intensity."
UF (4-0) is coming off a cross-country trip to California, where the Gators picked up a pair of 3-1 victories over Pac-10 foes UCLA and Southern Cal. Sophomore forward Abby Wambach leads the Gator attack with five goals and has taken 26 shots for UF, which leads the SEC in shots with 103. Last season, Wambach recorded a hat-trick by scoring all three UF goals in the Gators' 3-0 triumph over UK in Lexington.
Senior Sarah Yohe is equally dangerous, having scored four goals this season to go along with two assists. Yohe has scored 40 goals and recorded 24 assists during her UF career.
UK is winless against the Gators in the five previous meetings. UK will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 12, when the Cats travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks at 1 p.m.