UK rounds out weekend with a win against Mississippi State


Freshman midfielder Miranda Jimenez kicks the ball during the game against Vanderbilt on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky was defeated 0 to 2. Photo by Kaitlyn Gumm| Staff

Abbie Long

UK women’s soccer headed down to Starkville, Mississippi on Sunday afternoon in search of a much needed SEC win. The Cats would end up getting that win, defeating the Bulldogs 1-0.

This now moves UK to 2-4 in SEC play and 7-8 on the overall season.

The only goal of the game came from freshman midfielder Miranda Jimenez in the 58th minute of the match. The goal was assisted by sophomore forward Foster Ignoffo and junior defensive player Sophie Babo. This was Jimenez’s second goal of the season.

The Cats were in desperate need of another SEC win and they fulfilled that with a clean sheet win. UK’s unshakeable defense that was led by sophomore Danielle Hayden, junior Payton Atkins and senior Kelly Novak, leaving the Bulldogs with no room to produce any successful offense.

Mississippi State took 17 total shots but only five of them were on goal while UK took nine shots and three of them were on goal. Each team earned four corner kicks a piece.

UK committed a shocking 17 fouls during this match while the Bulldogs only committed eight. Both teams played very physical.

Sophomore goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie continued to shine as she had an impressive five saves in this Sunday afternoon match.

Today’s win was the first time since the 1-0 win against Alabama during the 2015 season that the Cats have had a clean sheet SEC road win. UK is currently sitting in ninth place out of 14 in SEC wins, and they are still in the position to make it to Orange Beach for the SEC tournament.

The Cats look to add another SEC win to their record as they host University of Missouri at the Bell on Thursday night. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.