UK Soccer 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (9/18/13) – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team ascended to No. 19 in this week’s edition of the Soccer America top 25, after completing its third-straight 2-0 weekend, taking a 1-0 win at home against Texas-San Antonio and knocking off No. 10 West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va., on Sunday afternoon.

The ranking is the first of the year for the Wildcats, who enter the poll for the first time since the week of Sept. 17 in 2012. In 2012, UK checked in at No. 18 in the national poll, which was the first time Kentucky had been ranked under head coach Jon Lipsitz.

Kentucky has also been ranked in other national polls this week, including the Bennett Poll, in which Kentucky moved into the top 20 for the first time all season, checking in at No. 20. In the TopDrawerSoccer.com top 25, UK is now ranked No. 22.

Junior Arin Gilliland struck for seven points on the weekend and was involved in all five goals the Wildcats scored on the weekend, and for that, was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week for the first time in her career.

Gilliland scored twice on Sunday afternoon, notching her second goal of the season just 10 seconds into the match to give UK the early 1-0 lead, and then punched in her second penalty of the season to make it 4-1 in the 66th minute when freshman Zoe Swift was dragged down in the box, giving Gilliland the opportunity to take the PK. The Lexington, Ky., native also assisted on three goals this weekend, and now leads the Southeastern Conference with seven assists on the season, and is ranked second nationally in women’s college soccer.

After completing the non-conference schedule 6-1-1, Kentucky will open the SEC portion of the schedule on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET against the Auburn Tigers at the AU Soccer Complex in Auburn, Ala. The Wildcats and Tigers are opening the SEC slate against each other for the second time in the last three years.
 
In 2012, Kentucky used a flurry of second-half goals to come from behind and knock off the Tigers, 2-1, in Lexington to clinch UK’s spot in the 2012 SEC Tournament. Auburn and Kentucky have met 19 times overall, with each side winning eight matches and three ties.
 
“The SEC is a different level,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said on his call-in show last night. “We as a staff keep telling our young players that they have never experienced soccer at this level. They all thought the Louisville game was tough, but SEC soccer is another animal. I trust my captains and upperclassmen to guide them along the way, and we are looking for a great challenge from a very well-coached and extremely organized Auburn team.”

The SEC will be playing an 11-team schedule rotation in 2013, as each team will play 11 matches against SEC opponents, while not playing two SEC teams. There will be no divisions in the SEC. The Wildcats do not play Ole Miss or Texas A&M in 2013. Of the 14 SEC teams, 10 will qualify for the 2013 SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., with the top six seeds earning a first-round bye into the quarterfinals.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Chris Shoals (UK Athletics)

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Muhlenberg BOE Special Meeting Tuesday

POWDERLY, Ky. (4/27/15) — The Muhlenberg Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at… Read More

DHP Artisan Market Scheduled

HENDERSON, Ky. (4/27/15) — The first DHP Artisan Market is scheduled for Saturday May 30, 2015. The Market will take… Read More
1 DOW 18,037.97
-42.17 (-0.23%)    
2 S&P 2,108.92
-8.77 (-0.41%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,060.25
-31.84 (-0.63%)    

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7839

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 5058

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4389

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4103

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 4041

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 13464

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8903

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 27, 2015 1619

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 1415

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 1218

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 26, 2015 885

White Plains Civil War Festival Provides Learning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 873

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 855

Church Attempts to ‘Inspire’ Teens in Self-Worth,…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 824

Spring Lawn, Garden Fair Participants Learn from…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 661

College of Education Alum's Studies, Experience…

by Amanda Nelson
April 26, 2015 649

Dave Says - April 26, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
April 26, 2015 630

Legislator's Log - Week of April 26, 2015

by Brent Yonts