W.Soccer: VU drops SEC opener 1-0 to Kentucky

In a typical hard fought contest, Vanderbilt and Kentucky battled well into the second half in a scoreless match. It was a game both teams wanted badly. Kentucky was on a five game losing streak and had dropped out of the national rankings (started around 20th this year) and Commodores were looking to get an edge in early season SEC play.

In a game that went back and forth and saw 4 shots hit the crossbars, Kentucky tallied a goal on a miscommunication from the defensive back that caught goalie Esther Thompson out of position and left a net wide open for Elizabeth Ramsey of Kentucky to drive home the ball from 20 yards out in the 64th minute. "It's sad" commented Coach Hill, "to have the game decided on a goal like that when there were so many good scoring opportunities for both sides, although not as sad for Kentucky as for us."

It was certainly a game of different halves. In the first half, UK pressed the advantage with their size and strength and shot Vandy 7-5. Coach Ronnie Hill commented after the game " They had us playing their game in the first half. They are one of the bigger (physically) teams that we play and they used that to draw us into their style of the game early. We made adjustments in the second half and clearly controlled the tempo in the second half, we just could get the ball in the net." Vandy out shot UK 9-6 in the second half.

Vanderbilt just had a run of bad luck, twice hitting the crossbar in the second half and having the ball come out instead of going in for the goal. In regards to the loss however, Coach Hill believes that the team will be even more motivated because they played very well and had a chance to win he game had they converted.

Freshmen played a key role tonight giving the team added depth, "Monica Huff came in for Kendra Sasa (captain) who sustained an injury 10 minutes in played very well she is truly going to make an impact before the end of the year."

Vanderbilt's next game is next Friday night at 7 p.m. against Arkansas at the Vanderbilt Soccer complex.

****A Note to Vanderbilt Fans. On Sunday October 5, the Commodores play LSU (SEC-TV) at the soccer complex. Admission is free that day - it is Fan Day. Consider coming out and supporting the team. It is a great facility and the team is fun to watch.

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