Last year went exceptionally well for the University of Kentucky’s soccer team. They managed to make the deepest postseason run. They tried to leave an even greater mark this season, but they already have a rocky start.
Even though Kentucky Wildcats are on the second place of the College Soccer News Top 30 poll, they lost a game against Louisville this Tuesday. Cardinals won the game with 3–0, and U.K.’s Wildcats dropped to 1–1 on the year. The last week’s opener in Lexington against Albany brought a victory for the U.K. with a 3–2 score.
This season, University of Kentucky returns nineteen players off a team, and they even made it to the Elite Fight for the Coach of the Year. Furthermore, it is expected that the Cats will once again try to fight for the C-USA title and that they will continue with their success from last season.
However, this week, Louisville’s Cardinals looked a lot better. Cards managed to earn a lead only two minutes after the game started. Thanks to Emil Elveroth, who transferred from UNC-Wilmington, they got a lead that only grew for the remainder of the game. Louka Masset scored a goal after a penalty kick less than twenty minutes after the first goal.
Louisville kept dominating the entire first half. At the end of the first part of the game, the Cards had six shots on goal, while the Cats had only one. The majority of the game in the first half was played on Cats’ side of the field.
Finally, Cherif Dieye put an end to Kentucky’s hope in the 82nd minute, for the final score of 3–0.
As expected, the match was a bit testy from time to time, and Elijah Amo, Louisville’s midfielder, had to leave the game because of two yellow cards. Amo received both of them in just two minutes.
The next two matches for the Wildcats are on Friday against Tulsa and against Xavier next Wednesday.