SOCCER SQUAD TRAVELS TO KENTUCKY IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY
November 5, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – The NCAA announced this afternoon that The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team will travel to Lexington, Ky. to take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The match will take place at the UK Soccer Complex on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. CST.
This marks the second straight NCAA Tournament appearance for UT Martin, who swept both the regular season and OVC Tournament titles this season. The Skyhawks sealed a berth in the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship on Sunday.
UT Martin enters this stage of the postseason with a 13-5-3 overall record while riding a school-record seven-game winning streak. The Skyhawks have outscored the opposition by an 18-1 margin in that span. In fact, UT Martin has lost only once since Sept. 9 – posting a 12-1-2 mark in its last 15 outings.
The Skyhawk offense has already set a program record for points (125) and assists (35), leading the OVC in those categories plus shots (345) and goals (45). UT Martin boasts seven players who racked up 12 or more points this season, led by All-OVC first teamer and OVC Freshman of the Year Saphyra Coombs-James (24 points off 10 goals and four assists).
Senior Kendyl Wilson is the program’s career leader in matches played (78) and leads the team with seven assists. The Skyhawk offensive attack also features All-OVC first teamer Hannah McGowen (three goals, six assists) and All-OVC second teamer Alyssa Curtis (five goals, two assists), who secured the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute of the OVC Tournament championship.
Defensively, the Skyhawks are led by All-OVC first team member Ashley Reveiz. Alongside a back line of All-OVC Tournament team participants Amy Maksimowicz, Lucy Pater and Mary Thompson, Reveiz and UT Martin have generated six shutouts in its last seven matches for a miniscule 0.14 Goals Against Average over that stretch.
In goal, UT Martin is led by OVC Tournament Most Valuable Player Mariah Klenke. The sophomore is the Skyhawks’ all-time winningest goalkeeper, notching 21 victories in just under two seasons. On the season, she sports a 1.02 GAA and .822 save percentage while snaring 88 saves in 1684:04. During UT Martin’s current seven-game winning streak, Klenke has been clutch – conceding just one goal in 569:51.
This match marks the third Southeastern Conference opponent that UT Martin and OVC Coach of the Year Phil McNamara will face in 2012. The Skyhawks hung with SEC members Vanderbilt (Aug. 17) and Mississippi State (Aug. 24) before falling 2-0 and 3-2, respectively. On the flip side, Kentucky has faced two OVC teams this season, defeating Eastern Kentucky 2-1 on Aug. 24 and Southeast Missouri 1-0 on Sept. 2. Friday’s match will be the first time that these two teams have met on the pitch.
Ranked No. 31 in the nation in the latest NSCAA Coaches poll, Kentucky is 13-6-1 on the season. The Wildcats saw their five-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to Missouri in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on Oct. 31.
Kentucky is coached by Jon Lipsitz, who is in his fourth season at Kentucky and 14th overall as a head coach. The Wildcat offense is paced by All-SEC first teamer Arin Gilliland, who tallied 20 points this season off seven goals and six assists. Caitlin Landis leads the team in shots (55) and has registered four goals and six assists, while Kelli Hubly (five goals) and Courtney Raetzman (four goals) were named to the SEC’s All-Freshman squad.
The Wildcat defense was responsible for a 0.97 season GAA, posting nine shutouts. Kentucky split time at goalkeeper this season, with Kayla King getting the majority of the minutes. In 16 matches (14 starts), she posted a 0.79 GAA to go along with 51 saves and an .836 save percentage.
Tickets for the match will be available to purchase starting on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 8 a.m. CT. Ticket prices will be $7 for adults, $5 for ages 2-18, $3 for senior citizens and children under the age of two are free. For more information, contact the UK Ticket Office between the hours of 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT at 1-800-928-2278.