Tanya Samarzich scored the game-winner in the 80th minute and the Kentucky women’s soccer team dealt Southeast Missouri its first loss of the 2016 season Wednesday night, 3-2, at the Bell Soccer Complex.
It was Samarzich’s sixth goal of the season and it came off Marissa Bosco’s team-leading fifth assist of the season.
Southeast is now 6-1-1 on the season. Kentucky won its second match in a row and ended its non-conference portion of the second 4-3-1 overall. UK will step back into conference play on Sunday at 5 p.m. against visiting Alabama Crimson (live on the SEC Network). The Wildcats outshot the RedHawks 16-10.
Kaitlin Miller’s penalty kick in the 29th minute gave the Cats a 1-0 lead at halftime, but Kentucky needed to battle in the second half as the Redhawks rallied twice to tie the game.
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After only getting two shots off in the first half, SEMO fired off eight in the second, matching the Wildcats. Evangeline Soucie (4-3-1) earned the win in goal for UK. Soucie made two saves and allowed both Redhawk goals.
SEMO’s Kindra Lierz (6-1-1) suffered her first loss in goal this season after allowing a season-high three goals. It was only the fourth time in her career she's allowed three or more goals in a match. Lierz made five stops Wednesday.
Esmeralda Gonzales scored the equalizer for SEMO in the 56th minute, tying the match at 1-1. Gonzales capitalized on a mistake by Soucie on a pass back. The rebound found Gonzales who took the uncontested shot. The match wasn't tied long as Jade Klump netted her first goal of the season three minutes later, putting the Wildcats back on top 2-1.
SEMO would again respond in the 65th minute off a well-earned corner from the right side, serving in a high-lofted ball from Jasmin Hilliard that was hammered home in the box off the ground by Angie Mann for her first goal of the season.
Bosco led UK with four shots, putting two on goal, and contributing the assist. Miller and Samarzich each fired off three shots to complement their goals. Samarzich also assisted on Klumps' 58th-minute goal.