Soccer Hosts Arkansas and No. 24 LSU
The Kentucky women’s soccer team (6-6-2, 0-6-0 SEC) looks to pick up its first conference win this season as they host the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks (8-6-1, 1-4-1) and the 24th ranked LSU Tigers (9-2-4, 3-1-2) this weekend.
The Wildcats are in dire need of a win in conference play after starting the season with six straight losses for the first time in program history.
UK does have home-field advantage working as the Wildcats have produced a 4-2-0 record at the UK Soccer Complex this season and the Wildcats own a combined 17-3-2 all-time mark against the Lady Razorbacks and the Tigers.
Kentucky is 9-2-1 all-time against Arkansas including a 6-0-0 record in Lexington. The Wildcats defeated Arkansas last year in Fayetteville 1-0 and is unbeaten against the Razorbacks in nine straight meetings.
UK is 8-1-1 all-time against LSU which includes a 2-0-1 mark in Lexington. LSU defeated the Cats for the first time last season, 3-2 in Baton Rouge.
The Wildcats end their longest home stretch of the season this weekend after playing four in a row at the UKSoccer complex.
Not to be lost in the weekend’s matches is Friday night’s Kick for the Cure. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Kentucky women’s soccer team is doing its part to raise money in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer research.
“We’re very happy that we can participate in such an important cause,” said Head Coach Warren Lipka. “Everybody needs to be aware and contribute because it seems that as each day goes by, more and more people know somebody that has been diagnosed with cancer. Having people close to me in my life that have been afflicted by this disease has opened my eyes, and anything we can to do help with this cause, we’re happy to do.”
Friday’s match against Arkansas is being hailed as Kick for the Cure. Tickets to the event will be just $1 for fans wearing pink and $2 for all other fans.
A silent auction will be held with various UK memorabilia available for purchase including a Billy Gillispie autographed basketball and a Rich Brooks autographed football. The auction will run through halftime of the match. Commemorative t-shirts will also be on sale. Pink backpacks will also be given away to those giving a donation to the cause.
All proceeds and donations will go towards breast cancer research, education and treatment at the Markey Cancer Center.
Kickoff Friday against the Lady Razorbacks is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. while Sunday’s match against LSU is slated for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. Live stats for both matches will be available on UKathletics.com.