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Blazerdragons beat Men's Soccer in Conference Opener, Still Have to Go Back to Birmingham

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That's unfair, I hear Birmingham is a very nice city, for a city that is situated in Alabama. Boom, geographical potshots! Anyway, the Soccer Cats gave up two goals in the first half yesterday to No. 14 UAB at home, and never really recovered. Senior defender Brad Doliner scored the Cats' only goal to make the final 2-1 in the final seven seconds of the game. I, too, find it a little odd that one of Kentucky's leading scorers also happens to play centerback, but whatchagonnado.

I actually watched some college soccer on TV yesterday, IU-Ohio State and Princeton-Florida Gulf Coast. What I learned, mostly, is that college soccer is more or less a series of big kicks from the defensive third to the offensive third of the field that ultimately go nowhere. Goals were pretty much only scored on what amount to scrums in front of the goal. This essentially reminds me of watching my friends' four and five year olds play soccer in their YMCA leagues on Saturday mornings in front of the Water Tower in Louisville, except the laundry looks nicer.

Okay, that's unfair. The midfields in these games at least try to spread themselves out and string passes together when they have the ball, but it seems like every time the team with the ball gets into the attacking third of the field, they barely get to the top of the 18 yard box before being dispossessed by a big booming kick back over the midfield and have to start all over. It was not much fun to watch, is what I'm getting at.

Anyway, back to the game I'm supposed to be talking about. Kentucky outshot the Blazers by a ton, and had way more corner kicks, but UAB was incredibly efficient and converted their chances early while Kentucky's just went wanting. Kind of reminds me of another brand of football game that was played they day before on the other side of the parking lot from the UK Soccer Complex, no? Coach Cedergren seemed frustrated with all of the mistakes made by his defense and the team as a whole on set pieces, which are UAB's specialty, but I think that's got to be expected somewhat with a young team. Hell, last night in the Sounders-Red Bulls game, Seattle's entire defense was back but managed to leave Tim Cahill open to rifle in the equalizer, so pros do dumb stuff, too.

Kentucky falls to 2-5-0 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. Next up: another home game against Old Dominion on Friday night.

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