Hey, Cats fans. I know you're hurting. You are probably still a little hungover from trying to forget that Saturday night even happened (but it did). However, all is not lost! Kentucky soccer opened up the season with a win!
As I mentioned last week, Kentucky had two games in three days over the weekend. Were supposed to, anyway; the scheduled opener against Wright State, Wrong School got postponed due to weather. What weather, I don't know; I was already in Nashville getting ready for total domination. That meant that the Soccer Cats opened up the season yesterday, instead, against mighty mighty Georgia State.
GSU is in the middle of nowhere, south Georgia, and is best known for being the last place fool enough to employ Bill Curry as a football coach. They also have a soccer team, apparently. As it turns out, they're pretty good, though last year wasn't so hot for them.
Anyway, the Panthers played Kentucky hard at the soccer complex for nearly the entire 90 minutes until senior midfielder and team captain Brad Doliner scored his first career goal on a pretty cross from Isak Krogstad in the 86th minute. As you might imagine, play was less than pretty on a hot and humid summer afternoon in central Kentucky, and the two teams played mostly defensive football for most of the match. Coach Cedergren deployed Riggs and Doliner as forwards, and Riggs had the two best chances of the match to score early on in the 24th minute, but missed both of them. On the game, Kentucky had five shots on goal, while holding Georgia State to just one. Finally, with time winding down, Bryan Celis played a ball to Isak Krogstad on the far sideline. Krogstad lofted a cross into the near corner of the 18 yard box to Brad Doliner, who headed the ball up and over the leaping gloves of GSU keeper C.J. Cochran and into the top of the netting.
Most of the 276 fans who attended the game were very pleased with the PROCESS the Soccer Cats have used IMPROVE EACH DAY and LEARN from experience such as THEIR FIRST GAME of the season. It was great!
Kentucky plays again on Thursday in the wilds of East Tennessee State. Go Cats.