Kentucky Soccer's most recent titanic struggle for the hearts and minds of Lexingtonian soccer fans ended up just as the Titanic did on its maiden voyage so many years ago: steaming up a Model T belowdecks. No, wait. It sunk. Yes, it sunk.
Kentucky opened the game up in sleep mode and before the game was a half hour old, the Cats were already down two goals. Evansville first scored on some poor defending in the box on a rebound from a shot following a corner in the sixth minute. Sixteen minutes later, Evansville's Nate Opperman (Nick Offerman's less famous cousin) destroyed a ball from 30 yards out past the keeper for the Aces' second goal.
A, shall we say, "spirited" halftime talk by the Kentucky coaching staff woke the Cats up, and senior forward Tyler Riggs finally posted his first goal of the season early on. After that, the men in blue peppered the Aces' goal, or at least the general area of the goal, with 15 shots on the half. However, like so many shotgun pellets, many flew toward the target but none entered, and the Cats racked up another loss. At least they looked good doing it; I totally dig the blue and white striped kits the team wore last night!
Coach Cedergren was visibly frustrated after the game, pronouncing his disappointment with how the team played in the first half. Seems that getting the guys to play all 90 minutes like they count is becoming a bit of an issue, and Cedergren didn't let anyone escape his criticism on that front. Personally, I'm not particularly surprised that lack of focus is an issue with a team with as many freshmen as this one has. That said, it's clearly a point of emphasis for the coaching staff going forward.
In better news, as has been mentioned in at least two of the four comments on soccer posts around here this season, Kentucky Women's Soccer is tearing it up. They're 10-2-1 on the season, 5-1 in league play, and just finished a weekend series of victories over Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. I watched the Vandy game; we were dominant for the first half and then hung on for the clean sheet in the rain down in Nashville. It was actually pretty entertaining.
The Men's team plays next on Sunday against visiting South Carolina; the Women's team next plays at home on Friday against the dreaded Lady Volunteers. I'm pretty sure women weren't allowed to serve at the Alamo, Tennessee. GO CATS.