EKU soccer beats UK 1-0

An EKU soccer player makes a play in an October 2017 game. The Colonels shut out UK 1-0 on Sunday, beating the Wildcats for the first time in school history. (Photo file/ Progress) 

On Sept. 2, EKU women’s soccer traveled to Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington to compete against the University of Kentucky Wildcats (3-3-0). With the Colonel’s entering the game with a 0-6 record against the Wildcats in previous matchups, EKU (4- 2-0) came out striking first.

In the fourth minute, EKU sophomore Kylie Thompson received a combination of passes from fellow teammates sophomore Alyssa Julien and se- nior Idalys Rea to score, making it 1-0 Colonels.

Kentucky led shots on goal 16-13, however EKU came out on top 1-0 for their first win ever against the Wildcats. Freshman goalkeeper Zoe Aguirre, who was recently named OVC Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time, had a solid performance of six saves, most of which came in the second half. “It feels really good that my hard work is paying off, but I couldn’t have done it without my defenders,” Aguirre said.

Defenders Kacy Eckley and Katie Shaffer played all 90 minutes on the backline. “This is just the be- ginning [of my career] for me and I’ll be ready for

the next three years,” Aguirre said. Senior Monica Rios played all, but five minutes and was a big help in the midfield for EKU.

After the game Thompson and the team were excited about the win. “It was crazy. It was really awesome that we were able to do that. We were all screaming. It was incredible to shut them out for so long because the goal came so soon in the game. This was exactly what we need,” Thompson said.

She continued on to say that the team made a bet with head coach Nick Flohre saying that if the girls beat UK, he would sing for them. “We were really hype and it was funny to see Nick sing like that.” Thompson went on to say that this win against the Wildcats was more momentum towards the diffi- cult games this coming weekend.

According to a news release by Steve Fohl, Flohre said, “We always know playing Kentucky will be difficult, but our players have gained the confidence to compete with anyone. We’re thrilled for the girls to get our program’s first victory over the Wildcats and to continue our push through the season.”

EKU women’s soccer continues this week on the road as they face Gardner-Webb on Friday and Lou- isville on Sunday.

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