Surging cats hit the road, look to stay perfect



By David Schuh

The UK women’s soccer team has started the 2011 season on a streak that few expected.  pay someone to do essay At 7-0-0, they haven’t begun a season better or had such a win streak in ten years.

In fact, the program hasn’t seen more than 10 wins in a season since 2006, a feat this year’s team could achieve with ease.  With a healthy mix of young talent and veteran leadership, consisting of only 7 upperclassmen, head coach Jon Lipsitz has a team with boundless potential.

“Our young players have meshed very well with the upperclassmen,” Lipsitz said.  “They have earned the respect of their teammates and now that’s all that they are: teammates.  Once we step on that field, there are no class distinctions.”

One of the big reasons for UK’s early dominance has been true freshman goalkeeper, Kayla Price.  From Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Price has showed no signs of inexperience or hesitation.  In just 7 games, she has given up an astounding 4 goals.  In last weekend’s Tropical Smoothie Invitational, she served up a pair of shutouts as UK brought home the trophy.

“Coach tells me to always focus and be ready for every ball,” Price said.  “If something goes wrong, I just have to let it go and maintain my concentration.  But, my teammates have been great in helping me adjust as well.  Communication has been so key; when we’re all on the same page we’re pretty tough.”

Now the Cats will spend the rest of the month on the road, starting Saturday against Dayton, who received several top-25 votes from the NCAA.  SEC play starts Thursday, Sept. 23 at Auburn, and the first four conference games will come away from Lexington.  While that seems like a daunting task for a younger team, coach Lipsitz is confident his group is ready to face the best.

“We’re on the road for most of the next month playing multiple ranked teams and we embrace that challenge,” Lipsitz said.  “But, our goals are centered on what we can control.  We’re focused on how well we can play and improve each and every day.”