Cats fall in Columbia to undefeated Gamecocks


Forward Zoe Swift breaks away from Alabama defenders during match on Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Quinn Foster | Staff

By Chris Leach

It was a hot day in Columbia, South Carolina, and UK women’s soccer was not able to cool down S. Carolina’s offense as the Gamecocks beat the Cats 3-0 Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Gamecocks remain as one of the few unbeaten teams left in NCAA division one women’s soccer with their 10-0-1 record.

In the first half of the match, the Gamecocks dominated the time of possession, limiting the Cats to just two shots and no goals. The Gamecocks took 14 shots in the first half, five of which were on goal.

However, excellent defense from the Cats and great saves from UK goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie kept the match scoreless at halftime.

In the second half, USC kept the offensive pressure up and eventually the Cats’ defense started to wear down.

The Gamecocks scored their first of three goals in the 55th minute when Gamecocks star Savannah McCaskill set up Sophie Groff for a chip shot goal,  Groff’s first of the season.


Just eight minutes later, senior Kaleigh Kurtz put the Gamecocks up 2-0 with her first goal of the season as well.

Less than three minutes after Kurtz’s goal, Lindsey Lane scored again for the Gamecocks. McCaskill assisted that goal, which was her second assist of the game.

The Cats never got their offense going, and went without a shot in the second half.

The loss was UK’s second in a row as they now stand at 4-4-2 for the year, and are still winless in conference play.

The Cats’ next game will be back at the Bell on Saturday, October 1st against Ole Miss. at 7:30 p.m.