LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team enters its second-straight split weekend with the calendar turning over to September, as the Wildcats will play a home match against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky on Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET, before traveling to the Scott Park Soccer Complex in Toledo, Ohio, to take on the Toledo Rockets for the first time in program history. The match with the Rockets will commence at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Kentucky has been highly successful against EKU, claiming a 4-0-0 all-time record against the Colonels. UK and EKU have hooked up each of the past three seasons, with UK getting the upper hand, 2-1 in each of those meetings. Junior Arin Gilliland has scored three of UK’s four goals against EKU in the past two seasons.
In the opening weekend, the Wildcats got a tally from Jade Klump in the 38th minute to inch in front of No. 15/10 Wake Forest, 1-0, before the Demon Deacons rushed back to claim the 3-1 win in Winston-Salem, N.C. On Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats dominated the Utah Utes, outshooting and taking more corners than Utah, but were unable to break through, as the teams settled for a 0-0 draw.
The Wildcats continue to show their youth, as head coach Jon Lipsitz started three freshmen (Alex Carter, Lauren Connor and Zoe Swift) as his three starting forwards for the Sunday match with Utah. With the addition of Kaitlin Miller at the back line, and the insertion of three sophomores, seven of the 11 starters are freshmen or sophomores for the Wildcats.
UK Soccer Complex Game Day
Due to the ongoing construction of the $7.7 million renovations to the UK Soccer Complex, University of Kentucky soccer fans will experience some slight modifications to the game day experience during the 2013 season.
All fans will be admitted into all games for the 2013 season for free for the duration of the season. Fans will also be allowed to re-enter the complex after initial entrance.
Seating will be all general admission for the season and seating will all be located behind the team benches on the grassy area opposite the construction site. Fans will be invited to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the action. There will also be seating located behind the goals on each side of the facility, similar to years past.
Construction will be ongoing for most of the season, and the grandstand side of the facility will be shut down for the entirety of the season. Only credentialed members of the UK staff will be allowed over to that side of the complex.
All fans will be entering and exiting the facility using the existing student entrance located between the game field and the practice field. The existing entrance main gate will be shut down and fans will not be able to enter the facility through those gates, as they will be closed during the construction process.
Fans will be able to park in one of three locations for the season. The first-arriving fans will receive access to the gravel lot located directly across from the main gate. Once that lot is filled, fans will be directed to park in the lot that borders the practice field off of College Way. In addition, similar to softball parking in 2013, there will be parking on the west side of College Way in the grassy area between the soccer/softball complex and Commonwealth Stadium. When there are no further available spots, fans will park in select lots of Commonwealth Stadium, which is in walking distance of the UK Soccer Complex. Parking lots will open three hours prior to game time. Handicapped parking will remain as seasons past, as they will be able to park near the main gate in the paved lot.