LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s soccer team – freshly minted as the No. 13 team in this week’s coaches’ poll – lost its first match of the season, 1-0 to Cincinnati on a rainy Tuesday at The Bell.
Kentucky dropped to won 4, lost 1, drew 1 in 2017, while Cincinnati improved to W3, L2, D1.
UK had the better of the chances on the night, and certainly from the 80 minutes prior to the visitors breaking the deadlock.
But Sean Clarke put the Bearcats ahead with fewer than 10 minutes to play pouncing on a ball, which UK had failed to clear prior.
Kentucky’s response was swift and formidable, but in the end not enough.
Kentucky’s best chance came nearly six minutes later on a UK corner when JJ Williams put a header on goal, but it was cleared off the line by apparently the narrowest of margins.
UK outshot Cincinnati 17-10 routing nine on goal compared with two for the winners. Of course just the one was what mattered after 90 minutes.
Kentucky had a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks, while Cincinnati more than doubled the number of fouls UK committed: 19-8.
Cincinnati goalkeeper Pearce Skinner made nine saves, a handful of them of really high quality.