UK women's soccer blanks Louisville 1-0

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK women's soccer team brought their ‘A' game defensively posting a 1-0 shutout against the Louisville Cardinals, their first since 1996, in front of over 1,000 fans at the UK Soccer Complex.

Junior goalie Sydney Hiance recorded her first shutout of the season and the ninth of her career, one away from fourth on UK's all-time shutout list.

"The whole team worked hard to keep the ball out of the net," said Hiance. "It was a total team effort. Everybody was playing defense on the whole field and I'm so happy the way we worked hard to keep the victory and dominate the state."

Hiance has allowed only one goal in 180 minutes of action this season.

"I think we're very good at team defending," said UK head coach Jon Lipsitz. "We talk about attacking as a team and defending as a team, rather than a back line versus our forwards or something like that. I think we're an extremely good team defending as a group and we work on that and we know we have to survive on that."

In addition to the defense, Lipsitz also pointed to the crowd support the Wildcats received, commenting that he didn't feel they could have won without the crowd.

"The fans here at UK are really special. I love being in a university town, I love being in a place that is so passionate about all athletics, from women's soccer to our rifle team that is number two in the nation, it doesn't matter. Everybody here, every sport from football and basketball all the way through to our (Olympic) sports are cared about and I think that comes from our administration first. Our administration has said, ‘All sports matter.' We could not have won this game today without this crowd. It was very, very special."

The Wildcats now lead the all-time series with the Cardinals 6-1-1, with five of the six wins coming by way of shutout.

Kentucky returns to action on Friday, hosting ACC power Wake Forest at the UK Soccer Complex.

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