Kentucky women come out kicking to christen new soccer complex

mmaloney@herald-leader.comAugust 31, 2014 

  • UK at Louisville

    When: 6 p.m. Friday

Rain fell Sunday as the Kentucky women dedicated the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.

Then the Wildcats reigned in a 3-0 domination of Ohio University.

Jade Klump, Courtney Raetzman and Alex Carter scored for the Wildcats (3-1), who opened the complex Friday with a 5-0 win over Francis Marion.

"We really appreciate everything Wendell and Vickie do for us and we wanted to play this weekend in their honor," Klump said. "We got six points and two wins for them, so it was an awesome experience."

Light rain caused the pre-game dedication ceremonies to be moved indoors to the adjacent softball hitting facility.

The Wildcats' new $7.7 million soccer home includes press boxes, hospitality suites, locker rooms, team lounges, coaches' offices and grandstands. Combine that with the 2011 additions of a $600,000 playing surface, a new video tower and a video board.

No way did the Cats want to come out flat.

"It means everything. It's what so many people have worked so hard for," Coach Jon Lipsitz said.

"We talk about how important it is to leave a legacy. And this is the beginning of a new legacy for our players to leave and be able to come back years from now and say, 'Remember when? Remember when we started everything here with the new stadium?' It's just so special. Having Wendell and Vicki, obviously, here, and Mitch (Barnhart, athletics director) and President (Eli) Capilouto. You can't really ask more for the environment that we had today."

UK dominated play in the first half, but led only 1-0 at intermission.

Klump got the goal, cleaning up a rebound 13:58 into the contest.

"That was an awesome experience," Klump said. "My whole team put a lot of work into that goal and I just happened to be at the right spot."

At the break, UK had eight shots on goal to none for the Bobcats, plus a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Ohio (1-3) came within a whisker of drawing even at the 48-minute mark.

Carly Manso broke into the right side of the penalty box and ripped a shot. UK goalkeeper Taylor Braun got just enough of the ball to put it off the goalpost.

"If you let a team hang around — they're a good team — they're going to find their moment, and they did," Lipsitz said. "And our goalkeeper made a fantastic save, pushing it off the post."

But that was about all the Bobcats could do on offense, as they finished with a 30-2 deficit in shots and 17-1 in corner kicks. Ohio goalkeeper Nicole Amari finished with 13 saves.

"One of the things we have to work on is to not let goalkeepers look good," Lipsitz said. "Sometimes one more pass, sometimes a little bend on the finish. There are goals that are pretty much unsavable, and we're not making those right now. We're going to have to finish a lot better going forward, and that's not to take anything away from their goalkeeper — she was fantastic, and their team defended so well. But we're also not finishing well, and we know that."

Raetzman made it 2-0 at 70:56, getting the rebound off an Arin Gilliland cross.

Carter scored, unassisted, from the top of the 18 at 77:36.

Kentucky 3, Ohio 0

Goals — UK: Jade Klump, Courtney Raetzman, Alex Carter. Goalkeepers — OU: Nicole Amari; UK: Taylor Braun. Records — Ohio 1-3; Kentucky 3-1.

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