Cats come from behind to salvage a 3-3 draw against West Virginia


Jack Weaver

Kentucky Wildcats midfielder Casper Grening (10) kicks the ball during the Kentucky vs. Seattle mens soccer match on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 1-0. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Luke Fetzer, Reporter

Kentucky mens soccer (8-0-4) was able to overcome a three-goal second half by West Virginia (4-6-3) to force a draw in the dying moments of the match on Saturday. 

The Cats came out of the gate firing on all cylinders as defender Luis Grassow finished an impressive scissor kick in the 6’ to give Kentucky an early lead.

The onslaught wasn’t over yet as just six minutes later Danish midfielder Casper Grening fired home an unassisted shot that nestled into the corner, giving the Cats a 2-0 advantage in under 15 minutes. 

Something changed on the pitch nearing the end of the first half though: the Cats looked lethargic, unorganized and complacent and eventually WVU capitalized on that, getting one goal back before the break courtesy of forward Adam Burchell. 

The start of the second half still saw the Cats attempting to find the urgency that got them the early goals, but whatever they had to start the game seemed to be lost. 

15 minutes after the restart, the Mountaineers found themselves tied with the No. 2 Wildcats as defender Dyon Dromers gave WVU the equalizer it fought for.  

The comeback wasn’t over yet, as Dromers netted a second goal to give the Mountaineers a 3-2 advantage with just 12 minutes left to play. 

The Cats first loss on the season looked imminent but head coach Johan Cedergren’s team steadied themselves and retaliated, scoring in the same minute as WVU’s goal to draw level. 

Grening’s equalizer ultimately saved the Cats from their first loss of the year, with UK set to take its two-game drawing streak back to Lexington to face off against conference foes Coastal Carolina. 

The matchup against the Chanticleers is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. EST at The Bell, with the match also streaming live on ESPN +.