Kentucky Soccer's second conference game of the season took place on Friday in Norfolk, Virginia at Old Dominion. I can't be bothered to find out funny or random facts about Norfolk or ODU, other than to say when I see those letters put together like that, it makes me think of something that smells bad. P-U!
Anyway, once again, senior UK defender Brad Doliner proved that the best offense is a good defense that likes to score goals and save the offense from doing its job. Doliner opened up the scoring in the 52nd minute after senior forward Tyler Riggs earned a penalty as he tried to head in a cross in the 6 yard box. Doliner scored the resulting spot kick. ODU equalized on a corner kick in the 77th minute, and no other goals were scored during regular time, sending the game into OT. In the 98th minute, Kentucky earned a corner and Doliner slotted home the game-winner after Justin Laird collected Isak Krogstad's cross and sent it across the box for Doliner. The goal marked Doliner's first 2-goal game in his career, and improved Kentucky's record to 3-5-0. Kentucky plays again on Tuesday at home against the famous Evansville Purple Aces, who are actually pretty good at soccer.
A quick note: college soccer rules are weird, and contravene professional soccer immensely. The clock counts down instead of up, overtime uses golden goals/sudden death, substitutions are weird, etc. I don't think the college game prepares the players for pro ball very well, it's so different. Maybe that's the point? Lots of folks inside the game wonder whether or not college soccer should even exist, given that most pro clubs around the world have academies to develop their own talent. Here, more and more MLS clubs are following suit, which is bound to ultimately render its own Super Draft meaningless in the future. Oh well. Go SoccerCats!