Wildcat Soccer Ties No. 24 LSU, 1-1
LEXINGTON, KY – Despite a season high 25 shots, the Kentucky women’s soccer team (7-6-3, 1-6-1 SEC) was never able to put the dagger in the heart of the 24th ranked LSU Tigers (10-2-5, 4-1-3) en route a 1-1 tie.
For the second straight match Kentucky drew first blood, this time courtesy of Kate Rowlands’ first goal of the season in the 17th minute. Julie Hull dumped a ball into the LSU box to Rowlands who then flicked the ball past Tiger goalie Valerie Vogler for the 1-0 Wildcat lead.
The Tigers had their best scoring opportunity in the 59th minute when Melissa Clarke fired a shot on goal from 10 yards out that UK goalie Sydney Hiance punched away. Michelle Makasini followed up the rebound with a shot from five yards out, but Julie Hull was on the goal line to knock the ball away.
LSU tied it moments later at the 59:33 mark when Taryne Boudreau took a perfect centering pass from Malorie Rutledge and headed it just inside the left post to even the score at 1-1.
“We’re playing our best soccer of the year coming towards the end (of the season),” said head coach Warren Lipka. “The girls are playing hard and smart but we’re not getting rewarded on the attacking side. We’ve got to finish inside the 18 (yard box); we’re not finishing well there.”
Rowlands and freshman Kelly Miller paced the Wildcat offense with four shots, a career high for both players.
Hiance was busy between the posts, tying her career high with 10 saves while the Wildcat defense faced 23 shots, the most since the Florida Gators tallied 27 in the 2006 SEC Tournament Championship. Meanwhile the UK offense posted 25 shots, the most by the Wildcats since tallying 28 shots against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1, 2006.
Kentucky is now 1-1-3 in overtime matches and 1-0-3 in double-overtime matches.
The Wildcats hit the road again on Thursday when they travel to Starkville, Miss. to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Live stats will be available on UKathletics.com.