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    M. Soccer. Riggs Nets 29th Career Goal in Home Finale

    Nov. 5, 2013

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior Tyler Riggs netted his fifth goal in the last three games and freshman Charlie Reymann added his second goal of the year, as Kentucky posted a 2-2 draw with Wright State in the 2013 home finale, on a chilly Wednesday night at the UK Soccer Complex.

    Kentucky (6-8-3) and the Raiders traded goals in each period, before battling it out with a scoreless 20 minutes of overtime action to seal the tie. UK got the game-tying goal from Reymann in the 35th minute to take the game to halftime tied at 1-1. Riggs then struck for his sixth goal of the year to give UK a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute, before WSU got the equalizer in the 81st minute.

    A native of Louisville, Ky., Riggs entered the game having won College Soccer News National Player of the Week on Monday and Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Riggs netted the game-winning goal last Wednesday at Marshall, before exploding for the ninth hat trick in program history in a senior day win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday, clinching UK’s berth in the C-USA Tournament.

    In his decorated four-year career, Riggs has etched his name in the UK record books as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. With his 29th career goal in the tie, Riggs passed former UK great Riley O’Neill (2003-06) and moved into a tie for No. 2 all-time in career goals with Toby McComas (1993-96). Greg Kotzbauer (1991-93) owns the UK career record with 34 tallies. Riggs, a three-time All-Conference USA honoree, also ranks sixth in UK career history in points (67), shots (140) and game-winning goals (seven).

    Reymann notched his second career goal to even the game in the first half, with UK getting an assist from Kristoffer Tollefsen on the goal, his first assist of the year. Sophomore Isak Krogstad set up the Riggs’ goal with a gorgeous cross into the box, giving UK the lead in the second period.

    The game with Wright State was a makeup from the season opener, originally scheduled for Aug. 30. With both teams already earning spots in their league tournaments, the non-conference tilt served as a tune-up for the final season push.

    Kentucky will return to action on Saturday, wrapping up the regular season with a trip to No. 20 New Mexico, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET.

    UK goalkeeper Callum Irving finished with three saves in the game, with UK owning advantages in shots (24-12) and corner kicks (11-8). Wright State (5-9-3) senior keeper Jacob Bye saved nine shots in the 110 minutes.

    Kentucky will return to action on Saturday, wrapping up the regular season with a trip to No. 20 New Mexico, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET.

    Wright State took the lead in the 28th minute, as Austin Seifert played the ball to the far side of the pitch, finding Zach Swiesler, who finished it for his first goal of the year. The goal snapped Irving’s streak of 194 consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal.

    The Wildcats evened up the game in the 35th minute, as UK forced a foul from about 30 yards, setting up a free kick chance. Tollefsen lofted the kick into the far side of the six-yard box, with the ball deflecting in traffic to Reymann on the near side of the box. Reymann settled the ball with his left foot, before sneaking in a right-footed ball past the diving keeper for his second goal of the year.

    In the 56th minute, the Wildcats took the lead on the strength of the fifth goal in the last three games from Riggs. On a run down the near sideline, Krogstad lofted a gorgeous cross into the corner of the six-yard box. Riggs settled the ball and fired a hard-hit shot past the keeper for the goal.

    The Raider tied the game in the 81st minute, as Bryce Rockwell-Ashton feed Brett Elder for his team-high seventh goal of the year.

    GAME NOTES: Kentucky sophomore Isak Krogstad was UK’s first substitution of the game … Freshman Charlie Reymann netted his second goal of the year … Sophomore Kristoffer Tollefsen recorded his first assist of 2013 and the third of his career … Sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving has his streak of 194 consecutive shutout minutes played snapped with a first-half goal allowed … Kentucky got just its fourth first-half goal of the year, with four of its 23 goals on the year coming in the first period … Senior Tyler Riggs netted his team-high sixth goal of the year and the 29th of his career … Riggs  now ranks tied with Toby McComas (1993-96) for second-most goal in UK career history, passing Riley O’Neill (2003-06) … With 67 points in his career, Riggs passed Matt Lodge (2009-12) for sixth-most in school annals … Riggs has now fired 140 shots in his career, ranking sixth in UK history … Krogstad now has three assists on the year … UK finished 2013 with a 4-3-3 home record … UK is now 1-0-3 in overtime games in 2013 … Senior defender Steven Perinovic won 8-of-10 contested header attempts and has now won 133-of-172 on the year … This marked the first meeting with the Raiders since the 1996 season with WSU leading the series, 0-2-3.