Cats grab second straight W, take down High Point


Tanya Samarzich. The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team hosted Pitt in a exhibition match following the UK soccer Fan Day on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at The Bell. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Jordan Dillon

In their matchup with High Point Sunday afternoon, UK Women’s Soccer started the game off strong. Junior forward Tanya Samarzich opened the scoring off an assist from Zoe Swift.

With three minutes left in the first half, Swift crossed the ball in the air right past High Point goalie Alex Hank for Kallie Vogel to finish with a powerful header to extend the Cats lead to 2-0.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to be honest, coming out there and being able to do that for my team and score for my team. It was amazing,” Vogel said about her first goal of the season.

The Cats led 2-0 coming out of the break and, within the first few minutes, UK came out with fire, continuously pounding the Panthers net, but even with all the offensive pressure the Cats still couldn’t get the ball to the back of the net.

When Kentucky was under pressure in the back they had trouble playing the ball to feet and keeping possession.

“My complaint in the second half was I still thought we sort of over dribbled instead and we just need to keep passing and moving,” Head Coach John Lipsitz said.

The Cats continued to dominate the second half and finished them off with another goal from Samarzich.

After a turnover in the middle of the field and one minute left in the game, Samarzich was able to net her second goal of the game. The junior ran alongside Gina Crosetti who made the open pass to Samarzich who drove the ball in the net.

“Without my offense and them helping me by serving in balls (from Swift and Crosetti) I don’t think I would’ve scored if it wasn’t for them,” Samarzich said. “If we just keep working and doing what the coaches are telling us, from film through scout; I think we have a good opportunity to continue winning more games.”

With today’s shutout win, and the teams second straight victory overall, UK’s record improves to 3-2-1. 

The Cats will look to continue their momentum into a massive showdown Thursday when they host No. 5 Florida.