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Kentucky Men's Soccer: Underclassmen Too Much for Alpo - Oops, I mean Valpo

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Underclassmen? More like I can't finish this awful joke.

Kentucky Men's Soccer took on Valparaiso at UK Soccer Complex tonight in the rain and earned a victory via two second half goals. Valpo, going a bit against form, scored an early goal in the first half to get on top on a long shot from the top of the penalty area from Eric Nieto. After two early shots on target in the opening minutes went wanting, Kentucky actually managed to create a big chance to equalize before the half, but Tyler Riggs's shot from the six yard box went wide.

As I predicted, though, the second half was much more entertaining. Both teams put up shots, Valpo with five, Kentucky with seven. Interestingly, Kentucky basically put a totally different team on the field (thanks, weird college soccer rules) with eight substitutions at half time. It didn't take very long for sophomore attacker Jacob Scearce (former Ballard Bruin) (no big deal) (just makes him awesome) to finally equalize the game, scoring on a header from a free kick in the 58th minute. Just eight minutes later, freshman Sam Miller scored what would be the game winner on an assist from Scearce, banging in Scearce's cross just outside the six yard box.

Kentucky improves to 4-6-1 on the season and are off to Charlotte for a game on Friday.

ASIDE! As I've been saying around here, Kentucky REALLY likes to take shots. Keeps the defense testy. Where they gotta be. Makes the goal keeper have to kick the ball a lot. Get him tired. The problem is that Kentucky also likes to take mostly bad shots. Including tonight's game, Kentucky has taken 191 shots this season. That's kind of a ridiculous number. More ridiculous, though, is that only 66 of those shots were on target. Of those 66 shots on target, 13 turned into goals. The shots on goal percentage isn't terrible, I guess, but the goals to shots ratio is mind bogglingly bad. Tonight's performance moved things in the right direction, but when your shot percentage is HALF of what your opponents' is, there's a looooong way to go. Anyway, go Cats. Beat the 49ers. Find out what the hell they thought they were going to find when they dug up those hills.

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