UK women’s soccer knocks off No. 11 LSU for first conference win


Junior forward Sophie Babo drives the ball up the field during game against South Carolina on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Lexington, Ky.The Cats lost 0 to 1. Photo by Kaitlyn Gumm| Staff

Friday, UK bounced back from a tough loss to Auburn in their 3-0 win over SEC rival LSU Tigers.

LSU left Lexington with a record of 7-2-2. After the win, UK is now 6-7-0.

Both teams showed their fiery competitiveness in the matchup Friday night at the Bell Soccer Complex. The game brought many UK and LSU fans alike, as it was yet another Family Friday as well as Youth Night.

The score remained 0-0 at the half as teams struggled to produce offense, but the first 45 minutes of the game were exciting nonetheless.

The Cats and Tigers were busy getting a feel for each other, as there was only one shot attempt in the first ten minutes of the game coming from the Cats. Shortly after the first shot came the first of five yellow cards handed out by officials in the first half. An unusual total of 7 yellow cards were given throughout the entirety of the game.

Both goalkeepers, LSU’s Caroline Brockmeier and UK’s Evangeline Soucie, saw some action in the first half with two saves from Brockmeier and one from Soucie.

Kentucky had four corner kick attempts over the Tigers’ zero, and seven total shots over LSU’s 3 in the first half.

LSU’s defense couldn’t keep up with UK as the Wildcats scored three goals within 14 minutes to go up 3-0 in the 68th.

UK’s first goal came in the 61st minute from midfielder Gina Crosetti, assisted by fellow midfielder Miranda Jiminez and forward Foster Ignoffo. Shortly after, UK came through again with a goal in the 67th minute from junior forward Sophie Babo, assisted by Ignoffo, her second.

Babo executed again in the 68th minute with her second goal of the night, assisted by Jiminez, also her second.

Babo says their hard week of practice helped prepare them for their SEC play tonight.

“For us, it’s always been about battling for 90 minutes,” Babo said. “We threw everything we had into the game.”

The Cats will be back in action at home on Thursday when they’ll take on Vanderbilt.