Cats extend home winning streak to 7 games behind defense


Kaelon Fox celebrates his game tying goal with teammates during the match against Lipscomb on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky tied the game 1-1. Photo by Carter Gossett | Staff

By Chase Campbell

There are few soccer teams in the nation that can boast a back four as able and as intelligent as the No. 18 UK men’s squad, a team that possesses a defense led by seniors Jordan Wilson and Charlie Reymann.

Defense was certainly needed to outlast the Bowling Green Falcons, another defensively oriented team. In the 97th minute, Kaelon Fox scored the game-winning goal, his second on the season.

“It’s a philosophy that we’ve been working on for two or three years now,” Reymann said. “Jordan and I may be the guys wearing the armbands… but it’s everybody doing their job.”

These two veterans were critical in their overtime home win over Bowling Green, as they continuously prevented the ball from ever reaching keeper Stuart Ford. Every time the ball seemed sure to head into the UK goal, a member of the back four seemed to appear out of nowhere, stopping the possession in its tracks.

In their nine home games, the Cats have only allowed 2 goals, averaging .22 allowed goals a game, a number that certainly makes their defense-first mentality apparent.

“We know that if we don’t give up goals, we aren’t going to lose.” Reymann said.

When they play at home, they spend most of their time in enemy territory, due to the incredible play of their defenders. They allowed no shots on goal in their most recent win against Bowling Green, and opponents have never scored more than one goal at the Bell this season.

While it may have taken 97 minutes to accomplish, the Cats men’s soccer team held for yet another shutout.

Of course, their defensive pressure isn’t the only strength of this back line, especially its seniors. Reymann ranks third on the team in points, with seven, earned exclusively in assists, while Wilson has scored two goals this season, and frequently pressures enemy territory.

Wilson’s goals have been nothing short of impressive, one coming from a very crowded play in the box, and the other from a free kick in close. He’s been known to continually put the ball on the ground and move it up field with a considerable amount of skill.

“We find the certain situations in games where it allows me to get forward, and I look for those, look to run a play where I get the ball in the final third, to get my head up and find our good attackers to finish,” Reymann said When asked about his aptitude for assists,.

At home, the Cats have not lost a single game. They are 7-0-2 at home, and 9-3-2 overall.

UK will be back in action on Sunday, October 30th at 7 PM against conference foe Marshall, looking to stay undefeated at home.