The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team got off to a rousing start in its 2016 home opener on Thursday night, scoring two goals inside the first 25 minutes. Twenty-third-ranked South Florida took things from there, though, scoring three unanswered goals to post a 3-2 win over the Wildcats at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.
Kentucky fell to 0-2-1 on the season. USF improved to 3-0. Kentucky returns to action Sunday when it hosts No. 25 Northwestern at 1 p.m.
Freshmen scored both of Kentucky’s goals. Gina Crosetti put Kentucky ahead 1-0 inside of 11 minutes on her first-career goal. The assist came from fellow freshman Marissa Bosco, who got to the end line and cut back, serving the ball into the area and allowing Crosetti time to take a touch and fire it into the net with time to spare.
In the 25th minute, Bosco scored her first collegiate goal to make it 2-0. Bosco scored off an over-the-top pass from Kelly Novak.
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Just 44 seconds later, USF got one back off a turn and spin at the top of the box by Evelyne Viens.
The Bulls pulled even in the 53rd minute as Leticia Skeete scored off a free kick from 30 yards out.
South Florida scored the ultimate match-winner in the 62nd minute off the boot of Jordan Tuttle.
UK had six corner kicks in the match. Zoe Swift led the Wildcats in shots with four. Tanya Samarzich and Bosco each had three. The Wildcats outshot the Bulls, 16-15, and had three more shots on goals and three more corners.
Freshman goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie got the loss in net despite making two saves.