LEXINGTON, Ky. (10/15/13) – The Kentucky men’s soccer team will return to action with a non-conference matchup with Valparaiso, with kickoff on Wednesday slated for 7 p.m. ET at the UK Soccer Complex.
Kentucky (3-6-1) will wrap up its season-long, three-game homestand with Valpo on Wednesday. The Wildcats suffered a 2-1 loss to Evansville in the first of the three-game homestand, before drawing South Carolina in a shutout on Sunday at the UK Soccer Complex.
The Wildcats have netted 11 goals in 10 games to open 2013, surrendering 13 goals and owning staggering advantages in shots (176-88) and corner kicks (75-37). UK has been led offensively by senior Brad Doliner, who has four goals and one assist. Sophomore Isak Krogstad has three goals and two assists, with freshmen Napo Matsoso, Charlie Reymann and Kaelon Fox each sporting a goal and an assist. Senior Tyler Riggs has a goal, with Justin Laird and Sam Miller each notching two assists. In goal for UK, sophomore Callum Irving has made seven starts with a 1.09 goals-against average, owning three clean sheets with 13 saves. Senior Jack Van Arsdale has a 1.67 goals-against average, saving four shots in three games.
In UK’s game with South Carolina on Sunday, UK mounted a steady attack throughout the game that saw a 28-11 advantage in shots, with the Gamecocks getting outshout 11-1 in the overtime periods. In the 2-1 loss to Evansville, UK got the first goal of the year from Tyler Riggs as part of a furious second-half rally that saw UK outshoot the Purple Aces 18-3.
Valparaiso (3-4-5) has netted 11 goals and allowed 15 in 2013, trailing in shots (126-164) and corners (56-61). The Crusaders have wins over No. 24 Michigan State, Western Illinois and IUPUI, with draws at Jacksonville, North Florida, Oakland, Green Bay and Loyola. Valpo has suffered losses to No. 12 Tulsa, Wright State, No. 19 Dayton and Milwaukee.
Individually, Valpo has been led by Charles Barden, who leads the team in scoring with three goals and two assists, with Nick Suker notching three goals and one assist. Todd Vervnckt has two goals and two assists, with Jordan Aidoud, Adrian Graham and Julio Velasquez each contributing goals. Zev Taublieb and Yannick Iwunze each have two assists. In goal, Tom Serratore has started eight games with a 1.10 goals-against average, saving 37 shots with two shutouts. Nico Campbell has four starts with a 1.18 goals-against average.
UK and Valparaiso have met once before in program history, coming in Sept. of 1995 in Lexington. UK posted a 5-0 win, with two goals in the first half and three in the second, as UK owned a 24-5 advantage in shots and a 9-4 mark in corner kicks. UK got a hat trick from Sean Endicott, with goals in the 31st, 77th and 79th minutes. Toby McComas, who had UK’s first goal in the third minute, fired a game-high nine shots, with UK keeper Chris West saving three shots in a clean sheet. Tim Fisk also added a goal for the Wildcats, who won their season opener.
Information provided by Brent Ingram (UK Athletics)
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