After edging Memphis 1-0 in the Conference USA quarterfinals, the Kentucky men's soccer team will face top seed SMU with a berth in the championship round on the line. Kickoff is Friday at 6 p.m. in Hoover, Ala.
It will be a rematch for the Wildcats, who lost to the Mustangs 2-0 in Dallas earlier in the year. UK controlled the pace of play throughout the first 65 minutes that game before allowing a penalty-kick goal by Tyler Engel. UK owned a 12-7 advantage in shots and a 7-4 margin in corner kicks in the game.
SMU, the regular-season conference champion, earned the bye in the tournament.
UK has been led by strong offense, averaging 1.68 goals per game and firing 13.2 shots a game. Defensively, UK has a 1.19 goals-against average.
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Individually, junior Tyler Riggs leads UK with seven goals and four assists, with senior Matt Lodge adding seven goals and three assists.
In goal, junior Jack Van Arsdale has a 1.07 goals-against average in 17 games, saving 51 shots with five shutouts.
Women begin NCAA College Cup run
The University of Kentucky women's soccer team will begin its quest for a spot in the 2012 NCAA Women's College Cup in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at 7 p.m. as the Wildcats host the UT Martin Skyhawks.
"We are honored to get to host again," said UK head coach Jon Lipsitz, who has guided Kentucky to back-to-back NCAA appearances. "UT Martin is incredible on offense. They are the second-leading team in the nation on offense right now. They have many great goal scorers and I really like the way they possess the ball and attack out of the back."
UK will be hosting the first round of the tournament for the second consecutive season, after drawing more than 1,000 people to the UK Soccer Complex in 2011. Kentucky will be one of 32 host sites in the first round in games that are played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"The crowd makes such a huge difference," Lipsitz said. "You can look at our home record and see what the Big Blue Nation does for us. This would be huge for us. We need the help of our fans. We need them there and we need them to be loud."
Tickets for Friday's match can be purchased from the UK Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (800) 928-2278.