Arizona State Ends No. 10 Kentucky's Winning Streak
Sept. 28, 2001
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- It was a night of missed opportunities for the No. 10Kentucky Wildcats (7-1-0) as they suffered their first loss of the 2001season to Arizona State (5-2-0), 2-0, in front of 887 fans at the UK SoccerComplex on Friday, Sept. 28 in the Traditional Bank Invitational.
'We had so many chances to score and we just couldn't capitalize on thosechances,' UK coach Warren Lipka said. 'So many times we were in positionand we just couldn't get it in the net. But give Arizona State credit, theyplayed very well defensively and they have a great keeper.'
Throughout the match, it looked as if the Cats were on their way to tyingthe game after surrendering ASU's first goal by Stephanie Peel off a cornerkick. Senior goalkeeper Beth Wells got a hand on it but the ball slippedpast and into the Wildcat net at the 24:18 mark of the first half. UK cameinches from evening up the score when junior midfielder Christal Mattinglylaunched a shot on goal above ASU goalie Kristin Slater, but the shotnipped the Sun Devil cross bar and was cleared by the Arizona State defense.
In the second half, the Wildcats took four corner kicks and several timesthe ball appeared to be floating in air waiting to be tapped into the SunDevil net. UK outshot ASU 19 to 6, with 12 shots coming in the secondperiod. Arizona State garnered an insurance goal at the 57:41 mark assophomore Patrice Feulner knocked in her team-leading eighth goal of theseason off an ASU corner kick from Peel.
Sophomore midfielder Jen Wilkinson led Kentucky with five shots on goal andSlater made numerous spectacular saves throughout the game, 11 total, tohand the Cats their first shutout in 15 games, losing a 1-0 decision atGeorgia on Oct. 13, 2000.
UK, ranked as high as No. 10 this week by Soccerbuzz Magazine, will playhost to New Mexico (0-6-1) on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. in the TraditionalBank Invitational. Arizona State will face Furman (6-2-0) in the firstgame at 11 a.m.
1 2 FArizona State 1 1 2Kentucky 0 0 0Attendance: 887Scoring Peel, ASU (Unassisted), 24:18, Feulner, ASU (Peel), 57:41Shots UK: 19, ASU: 6Corner Kicks UK: 5, ASU: 5Goalkeeper Saves UK: 4, ASU: 11Fouls UK: 6, ASU: 14