Men’s soccer defeats UAB, now sports a 4-0 record


UK players huddling before kickoff. University of Kentucky men’s soccer team beat University of Louisville for their 3rd straight win of the season on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb I Staff

Mohammad Ahmad

The UK men’s soccer team is 4-0 for the first time since 2009 following a 2-0 win on the road against the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers.

JJ Williams led the Wildcats once more with another goal, but he isn’t alone. Freshman midfielder Brock Lindow also scored a goal for the Cats to help them preserve their first road win this season.

UK is now 9-6 all-time against the Blazers and 2-0 in its last two matches against UAB.

The first 25 minutes featured UAB trying to get something going in front of their fans. Cats’ keeper Enrique Facusse had to work for two saves after the Blazers had a 3-1 shots advantage.

UK tried to respond with a header from Lindow in the 40th minute that ended up going wide. Both teams combined for 10 shots in the half, seven of them by UAB. Facusse added on threw more saves in the half.

After 20 minutes of deadlocked play between both teams, the Cats got on the board. Lindow scored off on an assist from fellow freshman teammate Cole Guidon in the 65th minute. The Canadian prospect scored his first ever goal as a Wildcat.

Williams’ helped the Cats maintain their lead with a goal of his own 13 minutes later. With four goals scored in only four games, Williams averages a goal a game. Four goals is the most ever goals scored by a Wildcats junior in a season. This marks his third game in a row with a goal.

Facusse finished the game with a total of six saves. The sophomore has shut out every UK opponent so far this season.

The Cats will continue their travels when they make a road trip up north to visit the Xavier Musketeers in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 7 p.m.