UK men’s soccer upsets No. 25 UAB



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UK used two second half goals to upend UAB and get back to 6-6-1 overall on the year.

The Blazers were the Cats’ seventh ranked opponent in 13 games.

Kentucky appeared to take the early lead with a goal by junior forward Tyler Riggs, but Riggs was called offside and the goal was disallowed.

Minutes later UAB netted its first goal to take the lead in just the 12th minute of the match.

UK head coach Johan Cedergren was shown a yellow card following the Blazers goal, as him and many UK players were protesting for offside.

The Cats evened the score off some good possessions during the 68th minute. Senior defender Jacob Kemper found senior midfielder Charley Pettys, his fifth goal of the year, for his team leading fifth assist of the year.

During the the 77th minute of the physical match, UK freshman defender Dylan Murphy was shown a red card, putting the Cats down to 10 men for the remainder of the match.

Following the red card the Cats continued to apply pressure on the No. 25 Blazers.

Freshman forward Caleb Richardson took the ball down the sideline and into the 18-yard box before being shoved to the ground. The official immediately signaled for a penalty kick and senior midfielder Matt Lodge stepped up to net his 23rd career goal, good enough for sixth all-time in UK’s record books.

The Cats then withstood some late Blazer attacks to hold on for the road upset.

UK next takes the field Wednesday when they travel to Huntington, W. Va. to take on Conference USA foe Marshall. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. EST.