UK soccer needs a win to get in

Just like the UK women’s soccer team did, the men’s team faces a win and in scenario heading into the last weekend of the season.

While UK (6-7-4, 3-2-2 Conference USA) controls its own destiny, it can also be invited to Memphis, Tenn., based on other matches taking place in the coming days.

Memphis University will host the C-USA men’s soccer tournament Nov. 10-14, out of the nine teams in the conference, the top six will be allowed to participate in the tournament.

UK sits in fourth place as of Tuesday. If UK beats third-place South Carolina at the UK Soccer Complex Sunday, it will finish third or better in the conference and prolong its season.

However, come Sunday the Cats will know for sure if they have to win. The two other scenarios that will affect UK’s postseason chances will happen Wednesday night and Friday night. If seventh-place UAB can beat or tie fifth-place Marshall Wednesday than UK will advance.

UK will also have interest in a Friday night game when the second-place University of Central Florida plays six-place Tulsa. As long as the Knights don’t get upset and can win or tie, UK will advance.

Conversely, if Tulsa and Marshall both win, than UK will have to win Sunday to continue its season. One would have to assume UK would not get an at-large birth into the NCAA tournament with a losing record on the season.

UK can prolong its season if the Cats playmakers continue to succeed. Freshman forward Tyler Riggs leads the teams in goals scored, and thanks to him and sophomore midfielder Matt Lodge (second on the team in scoring), UK led a comeback effort against the No. 17 team in the country last week when they beat Tulsa 2-1.

If the Cats never came back from that 1-0 deficit, UK would be sitting in seventh place in the conference and would have to win vs. South Carolina and need help from several other teams. If the Cats’ season is prolonged, the come from behind win vs. Tulsa could be considered the season saver.