Oct. 12, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With a Kelli Hubly goal in the 70th minute off a great near-side run that was finished into the far-side netting, the University of Kentucky women's soccer team (9-5-1, 4-4-1 SEC) defeated the Tennessee Lady Vols 1-0 in an incredibly tight and physical game played in front of a large crowd at Regal Soccer Stadium in Knoxville.
"Tennessee (10-4-2, 5-3-1 SEC) is a great team," Kentucky head coach Jon Lipsitz said. "We knew coming in they were going to be incredibly organized defensively and how difficult they were going to be to break down. We have all the respect for Brian (Pensky) and his staff,"
The Wildcats and Lady Vols played a tight first half, with UK controlling the ball for much of the half. The Wildcats took nine shots in the opening 45 minutes, compared to UT's five. Kentucky had a chance to convert on two corner kicks, all while limiting the Lady Vols' forwards to just three shots in the opening frame.
Of the Wildcats 10 starting field players, seven of them recorded a shot, including four of the six attacking players in the Wildcats starting lineup.
UK got on the board in the 70th minute of the game, with the game-winning goal when freshman Kelli Hubly sliced her way through the UT defense on a near-side run. The ball fed in from center by Arin Gilliland, who started the game as a forward for the first time in the 2012 season.
Hubly collected the ball about 20 yards from goal, cut to the inside and took a few touches before ripping a shot past keeper Julie Eckel for the goal. Gilliland was credited with the assist, marking her team-high fifth assist of the year, while the goal was Hubly's team-leading fifth of the season as well.
"We played really well," Lipsitz said. "We knew this was going to be a defensive game, we just had to make sure we took advantage of out chance when we had it. It was a great goal to win it."
Kentucky used Kayla King in the cage, as the junior from Louisville, Ky., posted her second-career shutout, collecting her eighth win of the season. King charted three saves and faced 15 UT shots.
The game was even throughout, as the Wildcats and Lady Vols ended up dead even at 15 shots apiece. UT earned six corner kicks to UK's four on the night.
The win was the Wildcat's third in four tries against Tennessee as Kentucky has now won the last two meetings with the Lady Vols in Knoxville. The Cats defeated Tennessee 1-0 in all three of the wins in the last four games.
UK is back in action Sunday afternoon for its final road game of the season at Georgia. The showdown in Athens, Ga., will kick off at 2:00 p.m. ET.
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