Kentucky soccer women win season opener 2-0

August 17, 2012 

UK soccer player Ashley VanLandingham

The University of Kentucky women's soccer team opened the 2012 season with a 2-0 victory over Coastal Carolina at the UK Soccer Complex on Friday night.

Junior Ashley VanLandingham and freshman Cara Ledman supplied Kentucky's goals.

The win was Kentucky's fourth in a row on opening night.

"You really have to give (Coastal Carolina head coach) Paul (Hogan) and his staff a lot of credit," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said. "They were ready for us. They made life difficult because our services weren't good enough. Getting one really helped everybody to relax, but I think the thing that made things change was the second goal. It was a really nice goal, and it made us feel better about who we were today."

Kentucky outshot the Chanticleers 21-1, including 14-0 in the second half.

Junior Kayla King and sophomore Kayla Price shared time in goal for Kentucky.

VanLandingham scored the Cats' first goal of the season 11 minutes into the match after Coastal Carolina was whistled for a foul on the left side of the box, about 35 yards from the goal. VanLandingham took the kick and buried it for her second career goal.

Ledman provided the insurance goal in the 61st minute when she collected a rebound off a Caitlin Landis shot that caromed off the post. Ledman calmly controlled the ball and put it in the back right of the net.

"Every game is different. This is a game where because everyone wanted to be perfect, we overthought and we weren't very sharp," Lipsitz said. "We also have a player in Cara Ledman who you can always count on. She just works her tail off. You need players who just work. That's why I think she had as big an impact as anybody tonight."

UK thought it had a third goal after Coastal Carolina was whistled for a foul in the box resulting in a penalty kick for the Wildcats. Freshman Courtney Raetzman buried the ball into the back of the net, but UK was called for infringement, entering the goal box before the ball was struck. Raetzman missed the second attempt.

Kentucky returns to action Aug. 24, hosting Eastern Kentucky.

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