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Leading scorer for UK women’s soccer tears ACL, out for the year

UK's Tanya Samarzich battled against Louisville's Sarah Feola and Ariana Ferraro as she passes at the Bell Soccer Complex at UK in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 1, 2017.
UK's Tanya Samarzich battled against Louisville's Sarah Feola and Ariana Ferraro as she passes at the Bell Soccer Complex at UK in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 1, 2017.

Senior forward Tanya Samarzich, the leading goal scorer and point-getter for the Kentucky women’s soccer team, will miss the rest of the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL in Sunday’s match at No. 8 Florida State.

Tanya Samarzich (1)
Tanya Samarzich

Samarzich will apply for a medical hardship year, and will look to be eligible for the 2018 season.

“We are obviously heartbroken for Tanya,” head coach Ian Carry said. “She had worked incredibly hard all season and was playing at her highest level since coming to Kentucky. I know that she will be motivated throughout the recovery process and our doctors and athletic training staff will take great care of her as we get her back to 100 percent. There is a bright future for Tanya, which not only includes more time playing here at Kentucky, but also in the professional ranks and for the Mexican National Team. I know this will just be a small road block for her.”

A member of the full Mexican National Team, Samarzich tore her left ACL while going in for a defensive tackle in a non-contact incident. The typical recovery time for a full return to competition for this injury is six to eight months. Surgery will be performed soon by the UK HealthCare team and then the rehab process will immediately get underway with the UK training staff.

“It was disappointing for me to hear that I tore my ACL — and therefore ending my 2017 season,” Samarzich said. “I am going to work incredibly hard to make a full and speedy recovery. The medical staff here has been fantastic to me, and I know they will take great care of me during my rehab. I can’t wait to be back out on the field with the girls soon.”

Samarzich scored three times inside the first six games of the season. In her three-year UK career, she has 13 goals and eight assists for a total of 34 points.

Kentucky’s next match is Friday at 5 p.m. at home against Western Illinois as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The UK men will play UAB at 7:30 p.m.

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