On Senior Day, Kentucky senior forward Tyler Riggs scored three goals — the ninth hat trick in school history — to lead the Kentucky men's soccer team to a 6-1 victory over visiting Florida Atlantic on Sunday.
Riggs scored all three goals in the second half — in the 46th, 57th and 65th minutes — as the Cats clinched a berth in the Conference USA Tournament. The tourney is Nov. 10-15 in Charlotte, N.C.
"It seemed like everything I touched went positive for me," said Riggs, the third UK player in as many seasons to record a hat trick.
"Been waiting for it for a while," Riggs added. "Had a couple two-goal games but I couldn't have pictured it any better than tonight. This was just the perfect night."
The St. Xavier product and three-time All-Conference USA selection has 28 goals in his three-year career, the fourth-most in UK history. His 65 points are the seventh-most in UK history.
The six goals are the most for Kentucky (6-8-2, 3-3-2) since a 6-0 win over Central Arkansas in 2008. It was UK's largest league win since a 6-0 win over Marshall in 1999.
"It's huge because we knew we needed a win today to have a chance of going to the conference tournament," Riggs said.
UK Coach Johan Cedergren said his team finally put it all together.
"Everyone can see how dangerous we can be when everything is clicking and everyone is working for each other," he said.
UK volleyball team falls
The Kentucky volleyball team fell to undefeated Missouri, 3-0 (21-25, 23-25, 22-25) in three tightly contested matches Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center.
UK came back to tie the second set at 23 and got within two in the third set, at 24-22, but were unable to complete the comeback.
"It was disappointing to not extend the match and give us a chance to win," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "We are not tough enough in those situations yet. Give credit to Missouri for making plays when they needed too."
Kentucky was held to .229 hitting with 45 kills, while Missouri hit .350 with 47 kills. The Wildcats had five blocks and three service aces.
Freshman Anni Thomasson led the way for UK with a match and career-high 15 kills to go along with seven digs. Sophomore Morgan Bergren dished out 34 assists in addition to five kills, six digs and two blocks.
UK doubles team takes title
Senior Ryuji Hirooka and freshman Nils Ellefsen combined to take the 2013 Louisville Invitational 'A' Doubles Championship on Sunday afternoon, claiming the first doubles title of the fall season for the Kentucky men's tennis team. Hirooka and Ellefsen knocked off a Cardinals duo of Luis Elizondo and Amaury Derognat to claim the doubles title.