UK women’s soccer fall to Louisville for the first time in seven years



Roman West

UK women’s soccer was handed their third defeat of the season Friday night by the hands of their rival, the Louisville Cardinals, with the final score being 3-1.

This was Kentucky’s first loss to Louisville since 2010 and it was Ian Carry’s first loss to Louisville as Kentucky’s head coach.

The weather played a role in the game as Hurricane Harvey’s effects made their way through Lexington. The game saw heavy rainfall from an hour before kickoff until after the players made their way back into the locker room. The sloppy weather led to sloppy play on the field from the Cats.

UK started the game off firing, shooting the first three shots of the game. After seeing those shots with none of them falling, the Cats went cold. They didn’t take another shot the rest of the period while Louisville went on to take eight shots, netting two of them, before the horn sounded for the end of the first half.

Louisville would stay hot coming out of the locker room, adding nine shots and another goal before Kentucky was able to shoot.

Kentucky was able to get on the board in the 78th minute with a goal from freshman forward Miranda Jimenez. The goal came off a corner from the team’s leading scorer, senior Tanya Samarzich.

“I was so proud of the way they performed, especially in the last 20 minutes,” Carry said after the game. “When we look back on film, the things we did positive will reinforce that.”

During those final 20 minutes, UK outscored UL 1-0 and didn’t allow them to take any shots.

Senior midfielder Katy Keen has proven herself as a leader on the field for this young UK team that started six freshmen on opening night.

“Katy has been inspirational. She’s just been a leader on the field. She spent a year at Penn State playing with some fantastic national team players,” Carry said about one of the bright spots on an otherwise bleak night. “I’m so proud of Katy tonight. She put on a performance that was proud to put on that Kentucky blue.”

Next up for the Cats is a trip to Tallahassee to play No. 15/8 Florida State on Sunday at 1 p.m.