LEXINGTON, Ky. – In front of 1,348 people on Friday, Kentucky (6-1-0) knocked off No. 22 Florida (3-3-1) in a 2-1 upset. It was the Wildcats’ first win against Florida since 2006.
“One of the things that we talked about before the game and at halftime is the best way to play against a great possession team is to possess the ball,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “I just think we needed to stay calm and needed to possess the ball. Florida is the benchmark of our conference. They have been for a long, long time. I have such unbelievable respect for the way they play, their talent and their coaching. I knew in order to play against them, we had to possess the ball. I thought that we stayed on course.”
The first goal of the game was notched in the 13th minute by Gator Mckenzie Barney off a penalty kick. The goal was Barney’s second of the season.
Just 17 minutes later the Wildcats earned their second penalty kick of the season after a foul by the Gators. Kentucky defender Arin Gilliland stepped up and knocked in her second goal of the season.
Midfielder Courtney Raetzman scored her first career goal in the 47th minute off a corner kick. Raetzman’s goal turned out to be the game-winner for Kentucky.
The Wildcats withstood a barrage of shots in the final minutes to close out its first win against Florida since 2006 in the SEC Championship game.
Kentucky came into the game ranking first in the conference in corner kicks and added to that total.
Kayla King charted six saves in her 90 minutes in the cage.
The back line of Gilliland, Natalie Horner, Alyssa Telang and Ashley VanLandingham took multiple chances away from the Gators in the game and allowed one goal or less for the sixth time in seven games.