Kentucky Sports

Kentucky women's soccer ties No. 12 Florida 1-1

Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Jensen recorded a career-high 13 saves on 27 shots as the No. 22 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team earned a critical point Friday night in a 1-1 draw with No. 12 Florida at James G. Pressley Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. With the draw, UK moves to 9-2-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida moves to 8-3-1 and 2-2-1. “Any road point in this league is critical, and also incredibly difficult to get,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “I thought we were all out of sorts in the first half, and we were lucky to only be down 1-0. Katelyn was great for us tonight in the net and kept us in the game when we were struggling. Florida is a great team, and the point means that much more because it comes against such a special team like them.” Kentucky had its best chance of the first half in the 39th minute, as it earned its first corner kick of the match. Kaitlin Miller served in to the far post, where Zoe Swift got a head on it and darted it off the right post. Two minutes later, Florida went ahead as All-American Savannah Jordan got her head on a Christen Westphal corner kick and slotted it into the center of the net, past Jensen. Kentucky equalized in the 48th minute on Miller’s third goal of the season. Courtney Raetzman got the ball in the center of midfield on a 50/50 ball, and played a pass up to Michaela Dooley into space down the middle. Dooley then played it wide to Miller, who rocketed a ball past the UF backline and into of the net. The goal was UK's first at James G. Pressley Stadium since 2009. In overtime, Raetzman had the best chance in the opening two minutes, as she had time and space at the top of the box and fired a shot from 16 yards that nearly beat UF keeper Kaylan Marckese to her left, but it was saved. In the second overtime, there were no reasonable chances, and the match ended in a draw.

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