UK women’s soccer team comes up short in Milwaukee



Abbie Long

The UK women’s soccer team moved to 0-2 on the season after coming up short again in the state of Wisconsin with a 2-1 loss to Marquette on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams came into the game with a 0-1 record and looking to bounce back with a victory. Marquette had just lost to Stanford on Friday.

The winning goal by Marquette came in the 77th minute by freshman forward Abby Hess. The winning goal in the Cats last loss against Wisconsin was also scored in the 77th minute.

The game was deadlocked at 0-0 at halftime. The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 62nd minute from junior forward Carrie Madden, but the Cats came back down the field and scored in the 68th minute evening the score at 1-1.

The Wildcats goal was scored by freshman midfielder, Eva Mitchell. This goal was the first of Mitchell’s collegiate career.

Mitchell came to UK with a mile-long list of awards, including 2016 Miss Soccer in the state of Kentucky and First Team All-State.

She was most recently named the 2017 Gatorade High School Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year in the state of Kentucky. Needless to say she was highly pursued during the recruiting process and the team is expecting a lot from the freshman this season.

Aiming and taking good shots at the goal still seems to be an issue for this UK team. Out of the seven total shots that the Cats took in this game, only three were on goal. Fouls were also an issue during the game, as UK committed 11.

The Cats will look to earn their first win of the season as they return to their home turf at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, against Eastern Kentucky, on Thursday Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. This is the first home game of the season for the women’s soccer team.