Cats use four second half goals to down Murray State


University of South Florida scored three goals in a row against the Cats during the match  Thursday, August 25, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. USF won the match 3-2. Photo by Carter Gossett | Staff

Jordan Dillon

The Cats played host to the Racers of Murray State Sunday night at the Bell Soccer Complex and were able to grab a 5-0 victory.

For the first 30 minutes, both teams fought it out on even terms but then UK’s Kaitlin Miller scored a goal with 10 minutes remaining in the first half finishing with a header assisted by Katy Keen.

The Cats returned to the field with intensity, ready to pounce on the Racers as the second half began.

Just minutes into the second half, Tanya Samarzich won the ball attacking the goal to get a shot off when a Murray State defender deflected the ball into their own net for a UK goal making it 2-0. Immediately following, Samarzich scored off a deflection from Kaitlyn Miller from a free kick outside the box to take the lead 3-0.

UK was now in command and the Cats continued to keep the pressure on the Racers. Just seconds later, another goal.  

It was pretty clear that UK was dominating all aspects of the game and really controlling the field. Gina Crosetti took a long shot from 24 yards out and dipped it into the net arching over the reach of the Racer’s goalie to add another goal for the Cats.

Marissa Bosco was then able to make a move and out-maneuver a Racer defender to cross an air ball to Zoe Swift to finish with a bullet header into the goal.

UK was on a roll and was determined to crush the Racers and keep them off the scoreboard and that’s exactly what happened. With a 20-4 advantage in shots, the Cats were able to just wear down the Racers and claim the 5-0 victory.

The Cats, coming off the loss to No. 5 Florida, look to build on the win heading into their game against Southeast Missouri which is Wednesday at 7:30p.m. at the Bell Soccer Complex.