The University of Kentucky women's soccer team opens its season Friday against visiting Washington.
Coach Jon Lipsitz noted the motivational possibilities involved in being the first UK team to compete this school year, the first to start Kentucky's hopes of winning the All Sports Trophy and the first to play archrival Louisville (Sept. 4).
"We think that is a really fun thing," he said during Kentucky's fall sports media day on Monday. "We get to set the tone."
The UK-Washington game is one of a handful of early-season matchups between two ranked teams: No. 16 UK and No. 20 Washington.
The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown live online on SEC Network Plus.
Kentucky's men's soccer team opens its regular season Saturday night at 7:30 at Wake Forest.