Clearly, ETSU used my preview article to this game as bulletin board material to fire them up for this game. That's a little ironic, given that most pirates probably can't read. The Bucs and Cats battled to a scoreless tie after the first 45'. Just a minute into the second frame, though, the Cats gave up a corner, and the land pirates capitalized. ETSU played the resulting kick short, and Bucs midfielder Joel Campbell's cross was headed to goal. Kentucky keeper Jack Van Arsdale made the initial save, but French navy defector Thibault Civalier slotted the rebound home for the only goal of the match.
Kentucky started three freshmen on the back line, and, talented as the youngsters are, it was a tough ask to keep a clean sheet on the road against an experienced bunch of pilfering bulge rats like ETSU. Kentucky drops to 1-1-0 on the season and plays again tonight in Lexington against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. I don't know who their mascot is yet, but it can't be as abominable as the name of that school or further denigrate an institution of higher learning that is located in Indiana. Go Cats, sell Indiana to Mexico!