Kentucky's women's soccer team picked up its third Southeastern Conference victory of the season on Friday night, and this one came against No. 24 South Carolina on a rainy night at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.
Junior Courtney Raetzman scored in the 66th minute and the Cats won 1-0.
"In the SEC, I think it's absolutely huge," UK associate head coach Michelle Rayner said after the match. "Any win is great. ... They've got amazing team. They're very well organized, so any win, obviously, within the SEC is crucial."
Rayner stepped in and served as the head coach and chief tactician for Friday night's match as UK Coach Jon Lipsitz served a one-match ban for receiving a red card on Sunday.
"I've done it before," Rayner said. "I can't fill Jon's shoes, that's for sure, but obviously (a) team effort, coaching staff effort and obviously Jon was here all week prior to the match. So it's just important and hopefully we made him proud tonight."
Kentucky (8-5-0, 3-3-0 SEC) limited South Carolina to five shots on goal for the entire match.
Volleyball sweeps its way to ninth straight win
Sophomore Anni Thomasson had a match-high 15 kills on .452 hitting and the 13th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team extended its winning streak to nine matches with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-13) win at Tennessee on Friday night.
The Wildcats (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) have won four in a row against Tennessee (7-12, 0-5 SEC) and five of the last six in the series.
UK's nine-match winning streak is its longest since 2011, when the Wildcats won nine in a row twice.
Kentucky returns home to face Auburn at noon Sunday. The match will be televised live on the SEC Network. The contest is UK's annual "Pink Match," and fans who wear pink to Memorial Coliseum will receive free admission.
Galyer leads women's swimming in season opener
Senior Danielle Galyer excelled in the season opener, leading Kentucky's women's swimming and diving team to a 177-123 win over South Carolina on Friday.
Galyer won four events — three individual and one relay — at the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington.
The Cats' Christina Bechtel and Abby Myers each won three events.
Galyer's victories came in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.45), 200-yard individual medley (2:04.03), 100 backstroke (55.18) and 200 medley relay (1:42.98).
Kentucky's men's team lost 207.5-92.5 to the Gamecocks.
Rifle squad hosting Akron
The third-ranked Kentucky rifle team opens its season at home in the Buell Armory against Akron at 9 a.m. Saturday, starting with smallbore. The Cats finished third at the 2014 NCAA Championships behind West Virginia and Alaska-Fairbanks.
UK returns three of five starters from last season's squad, including defending NCAA air rifle champion Connor Davis.