UK women’s soccer shuts out Vandy in senior night contest



By Tom Hurley | Follow @TomHurleyKernel

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UK women’s soccer produced a dominant display to beat Vanderbilt 3-0 Thursday.

Alyssa Telang, Kirsten Robinson, Brooke Keyes, Cassie Ransdell and Natalie Horner went out on a high on their final regular season game as part of the senior day ceremonies.

“It’s nice to win on senior day,” said UK head coach Jon Lipsitz.

Picking up their fifth win in succession, UK controlled the play from the first minute to last at UK Soccer Complex.

The Cats were unfortunate to go into halftime at 0-0 after a host of chances to score went begging.

Sophomore forward Arin Gilliland pulled the strings for UK’s offense as they camped inside the opposition half for long spells, but were unable to find a way past Vandy goalkeeper Shannon Morrish.

UK made up for lost time however with two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half.

Twice Morrish was unable to hold onto the ball after making a save, and twice junior forward Caitlin Landis was on hand to tap the rebound into an empty goal.

Any slim hopes the visitors had of getting back into the match were put to bed on 74 minutes when the Cats scored a third.

Freshman forward Kennedy Collier saw Morrish off her line and took advantage and chipped home from the edge of the box for her first career goal and a 3-0 UK lead.

With the win secured, Lipsitz took his seniors out of the game late on to a standing ovation form the home support.

His squad will now turn their attention to the postseason, after finishing the regular season 13-5-1 (8-4-1 SEC).

UK gets its SEC tournament campaign underway Wednesday against Missouri, in Orange Beach, Ala.