Womens Soccer Sets Sights on SEC Opener
Against Kentucky 9/26/02
Tenn. Now that the losing streak is behind them, the
Vanderbilt womens soccer team can now focus on its first
Southeastern Conference game of the 2002 season, which is
against rival Kentucky at 5:30 p.m. (EST) Friday in Lexington,
The Commodores (2-4) are coming off a difficult weekend of
competition, as they went 1-1 against two of the best teams
in the state of Texas. Last Friday, Vanderbilt fell to No.
4-ranked Texas 1-0 in front of a crowd of over 3,400 people
in Austin. The story of the game was that the Commodores were
called for 26 fouls and four yellow cards, while the Longhorns
were issued only seven infractions and zero yellow cards.
Vanderbilt head coach Ronnie Hill and her team rebounded
on Sunday by defeating Southern Methodist in overtime 2-1
in Dallas. Forward Lizzy Johnson scored the game-winning goal
following an assist from forward Jen Talavera 51 seconds into
the first overtime. Entering the contest, the Lady Mustang
led the all-time series 5-2-1. Vanderbilts victory on
Sunday ended a three-game losing streak.
The annaul meeting with Kentucky is one of Vanderbilts
most stories rivalries. Besides Arkansas, the Commodores have
played no other team in the SEC more than the Wildcats. When
these two teams square off on Friday, it will be their 17
meeting. This series dates back to October 18, 1991, when
Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky, 6-0. The Commodores lead the
all-time series 10-6; however, the Wildcats have won the last
Scouting the Wildcats
Kentucky enters Fridays game with an overall record
of 4-3, but has lost three of its last four games and starting
its season off at 3-0. The Wildcats are coming off a difficult
2-1 loss to Southeast Missouri State. Kentucky dominated every
aspect of the game except for the final score, as it outshot
Southeast Missouri State 12-3 and also had five more corner
Looking past the recent struggles of the Wildcats, they still
have one of the most storied traditions in the SEC. In his
previous 10 years, UK head coach Warren Lipka has amassed
an overall record of 122-77-10, which includes a record of
44-21 in SEC play.
The Wildcats bring a balanced offense to the table, as 11
players have tallied at least one goal or assist on the season.
In seven games this season, junior forward Elizabeth Ramsey
leads the team with three goals and two assists for eight
points. Ramsey made her presence felt as a serious offensive
threat in her first two years at UK, as she recorded 15 goals
and 21 assists for 51 points.
Junior Kara McCue has established herself early on this season,
as she has scored twice, both of which were game-winning goals.
For Lipkas squad, five other players have tallied one
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Liz Butler has been solid in
net for the Wildcats. Butler has started and played every
minute of the season in goal for Kentucky. She is established
a 1.12 goals against average in the seven games, while tallying
17 saves and two shutouts.
Quick Points Heading into Kentucky Game
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series with Kentucky
10-6; however, the Wildcats have won the last three meetings.
The Commodores are 6-3 all-time in SEC openers.
Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Arkansas have been since the
leagues inception back in 1991.
The Commodores next nine games are against SEC opponents
(four home games, five road games).
In the 17 meetings between Vanderbilt and Kentucky,
the Commodores have outscored the Wildcats, 35-21.