LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to bounce back, the University of Kentucky women’s soccer team returns to the field on Sunday, September 19 to welcome Bellarmine to the Wendell Soccer Complex and Vickie Bell for their non-conference final at 7 p.m. ET.
Admission to all games at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex will be free to the public for the 2021 season. For those unable to attend in person, the game will be broadcast on SEC Network + with Dave Baker on call .
Great Britain enter the game with a 5-2-2 mark on the season. It’ll be a quick turnaround for the Wildcats, who just lost 3-0 to Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference opener on September 17. Britain were undefeated at home ahead of Friday’s loss and have recorded three shutouts this year, including two at home.
The first line of Kentucky is Jordyn rhodes, who has a team-high score with eight goals, five assists, 21 points, 32 shots and 16 shots on goal. After the first nine games of the season, she ranks first in the SEC for points (21) and points per game (2.33) and second for goals (8) and goals per game (0.89) .
Join Rhodes in east attack Hannah richardson, who ranks second on the team with six goals, 13 points, 23 shots and 11 shots on goal. Richardson sealed a 3-2 win for the United Kingdom on September 12 against Murray State after scoring the game-winning golden goal less than a minute into the first overtime period.
Between posts, Laura Nielsen recorded 41 saves to rank second in the SEC while his save percentage of .820 sits fourth. His career-high 11 saves against Dayton on September 2 are also good enough to place second in the league.
Bellarmine will arrive in Lexington with a 2-0-5 record, most recently posting a 3-2 victory over Chicago State after a 2-0 shutout in southern Illinois. The Knights are led by head coach Chris Tinius who amassed a 77-31-30 record during his eight years at the helm. The program is now in its second year in Division I after joining the ASUN conference in 2020.
Regan Kommor leads Bellarmine with two goals and assists for six points in the first seven games, while five other Knights have found the back of the net once. Elyssa Francis, who was named ASUN Defensive Player of the Week on September 7, made 33 saves for a .917 save percentage.
The Wildcats will look to maintain their unblemished record against the Knights on Sunday as they hold the series all-time record at 5-0. The last meeting between the two teams took place on September 6, 2005, with the United Kingdom winning 7-1 in front of the home crowd.
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