Men’s soccer to play 6 spring games

Junior forward Tyler Riggs battles his defender for the ball during the University of Kentucky's men's soccer game against Eastern Tennesse State University at the soccer complex in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

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UK men’s soccer will take to the field for a six-game spring schedule, the team announced Tuesday.

The games will be the Cats’ first since their 2012 season ended Nov. 15. In his first season at the helm, UK head coach Johan Cedergren led the Cats to 10-9-2 overall record, including a 4-3-1 record in Conference USA play.

Aided by the play of senior midfielders Matt Lodge and Cam Wilder, who was selected by FC Dallas in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, Cedergren guided the Cats to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003, although No. 19 Xavier eliminated UK in the first round with a 1-0 win.

The Cats get their spring slate under way on March 23 when they play a double-header against Southern Indiana and Georgetown at the UK Soccer Complex.

Butler then visits Lexington on March 30, with UK hitting the road a week later to face Akron on April 6. The home portion of the spring schedule ends April 13 with a contest with Lipscomb. UK then plays its final game before the summer break on April 20, when the Cats travel to play Wright State.