UK loses second straight SEC match against Auburn


The cats huddle up before the game against South Carolina on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Lexington, Ky.The Cats lost 0 to1. Photo by Kaitlyn Gumm| Staff

Abbie Long

UK women’s soccer remains without a win in SEC play after losing to the Auburn Tigers 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Auburn Soccer Complex in Alabama. The Tigers still remain undefeated in SEC play and UK moves to 5-7 on the season, and 0-2 in SEC play.

The Tigers jumped on the Cats early in the first half with the first goal coming in the third minute from sophomore midfielder/forward Bri Folds. This sparked the Auburn offense. The second Auburn goal came not long after in the 14th minute from senior forward Kristen Dodson.

Dodson went on to score again in the 25th minute making the score 3-0 in favor of Auburn. But the Tigers wouldn’t score again the rest of the game.

UK’s offense couldn’t get going during this match. The Cats ended the game with only five total shots and only one of them being on goal. UK did earn three corner kicks and they were given four total fouls during this match.

Auburn earned five total corner kicks and they committed seven fouls. It was evident that the Tigers liked to play physically.

The Wildcats’ defense did come out strong in the second half. Auburn is one of the best offensive teams within the SEC, and UK held them scoreless in the second half. This wouldn’t have happened without UK’s star sophomore goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie.

Soucie had three saves in this match. One save in the first half and two big saves coming in the second half.

Although the Cats are still in search of their first win in SEC play, they aren’t letting these past two SEC losses discourage them in any way.

UK will return back to the Bell for another “Friday Night Lights” game as they host the LSU Tigers on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.