The Kentucky women's soccer team got three goals, all coming in the second half, by Caitlin Landis, Arin Gilliland and Zoe Swift to pick up the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament win Friday night, as the Wildcats topped Ohio State 3-1 at the UK Soccer Complex in the first round.
Kentucky dominated play all night, controlling possession and dictating scoring chances all game long.
In the second half, Kentucky got on the board first with Caitlin Landis' fourth goal of the season in the 51st minute. Danielle Krohn took a corner from the left side of the pitch, and served a ball into the box that was sent in by Olivia Jester from 10 yards out. Ohio State keeper Jilian McVicker stopped the initial shot by Jester, but the rebound was throttled home by Landis right up the middle for the lead.
Three minutes later, Kentucky scored again as Gilliland won a tackle at the midfield stripe and then had a clear 50-yard path to the net, slotting the ball far post to give UK a 2-0 lead.
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The Buckeyes responded to make it 2-1 in the 73rd minute on Nichelle Prince's 13th goal of the season.
But UK answered three minutes later when Swift put the game on ice, scoring for the ninth time in 2013 and giving Kentucky the 3-1 lead in the 76th minute on an assist from Gilliland.
Kentucky had a season-high 19 blocks in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 24-14) sweep Friday night at Mississippi State. Alexandra Morgan led the team with a career-best 11 blocks.Men's soccer falls
Charlotte midfielder Brandt Bronico scored in the 39th minute to help the 49ers secure a 1-0 win over Kentucky in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals Friday in Charlotte, N.C.
Bronico put a shot past UK goalie Callum Irving after a breakaway and assist by 49ers substitute Hans Honer.
Kentucky (7-10-3) had six shots on goal compared to Charlotte's two. Charlotte (11-5-3) advances to take on Tulsa in the finals Sunday.Other highlights
Cross country: Cally Macumber made up a 15-meter gap and passed two runners in the final 50 meters to finish second at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at the Panorama Farms Cross Country Course at Charlottesville, Va. Macumber earned an automatic bid to next weekend's NCAA Championships at Terre Haute, Ind.
William & Mary's Emily Stites finished first in 19:57.50, a little more than 10 seconds ahead of Macumber, who clocked in at 20:07.90.
Eastern Kentucky won the men's title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships. UK was 12th.