UK women’s soccer leading goal scorer out for the season


Tanya Samarzich is UK women’s soccer’s leading goal scorer this season, but will be out for the year after tearing her ACL. Photo submitted by UK Athletics

Sports Staff

The UK women’s soccer team, already off to a 2-4 start this season, suffered another major loss on Friday as UK Athletics announced that their leading goal scorer Tanya Samarzich is out for the season.

Samarzich tore her ACL in the Cats’ latest match at Florida State. Samarzich suffered the injury while going for a defensive tackle in a non-contact injury.

“We are obviously heartbroken for Tanya,” head coach Ian Carry said in a press release. “She had worked incredibly hard all season and was playing at her highest level since coming to Kentucky. I know that she will be motivated throughout the recovery process and our doctors and athletic training staff will take great care of her as we get her back to 100 percent. 

Samarzich will apply for a medical hardship this year, which will make her eligible for next season if granted.

The UK Healthcare staff will perform Samarzich’s surgery in the near future. Following the surgery Samarzich will start the rehab process immediately after the surgery with the UK athletic training staff.

Samarzich is expected to be unable to compete for six to eight months, according to the press release.

“It was disappointing for me to hear that I tore my ACL, and therefore ending my 2017 season,” Samarzich said in the press release. “I am going to work incredibly hard to make a full and speedy recovery.”

Samarzich has scored three goals for the Cats so far this season, which leads the team. The Cats will take the field without Samarzich tonight when they play Western Illinois at The Bell tonight at 5 p.m.