Kentucky womens soccer drops fourth-straight in SEC with 3-2 loss at LSU


Jack Weaver

Kentucky Wildcats midfielder Úlfa Úlfarsdóttir (20) controls the ball during the Kentucky vs. EKU womens soccer game on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, at the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 4-0. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Ali Cetinok, Assistant Sports Editor

Kentucky womens soccer (7-5) lost its fourth-straight match to begin conference play, being defeated 3-2 in Baton Rouge against LSU (8-2-2).

Despite having been outscored 8-2 in their first three conference matches against Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Tennessee, the Cats opened the scoring against the Tigers in the 25’ after a corner kick by Hannah Richardson found Jordyn Rhodes, who put the ball into the back of the net, bagging her sixth goal this season and first in SEC play.

The lead would be short lived however, with the Wildcats conceding a penalty just two minutes later that LSU’s Shannon Cooke converted to equalize the match at one each.

UK would go on to concede a second goal in seven minutes after LSU’s Angelina Thoreson crossed the ball in toward Sage Glover, who easily finished the play and put the ball into the net for a 2-1 LSU lead.

The score would stand going into the break, concluding a fiery first half of play that saw 13 fouls and three yellow cards given out.

Three minutes into the second half, the Wildcats found themselves right back in the game as Ulfa Ulfarsdottir found the back of the net after a cross from Rafferty Kugler wasn’t dealt with by the LSU defense. The goal set a new career high for Ulfarsdottir, who has recorded five goals this season, and also went down as her first conference goal this year.

LSU wasn’t done scoring however, putting a ball over the Kentucky defense that allowed Mollie Baker to fire it into the net to retake the lead once again despite the offsides flag being raised.

The head referee decided that Baker was not offside, allowing the game winning goal to stand, making the final score 3-2.

With the loss at LSU, Kentucky now finds itself winless in the first four games of its conference schedule.

With only six games left in the regular season, the question one becomes whether or not the Cats will be SEC tournament eligible, currently sitting in the bottom four of the SEC standings, all of which will be ineligible to compete for the SEC title and NCAA Tournament later this year.

Kentucky returns to play at home against Auburn this Thursday, Oct. 6, with kickoff at the Bell being scheduled for 7 p.m. EST and airing live on the SEC Network+.