Oct. 25, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Vanderbilt women's soccer team dropped its regular season finale to the home standing Kentucky Wildcats, 3-0, Thursday on the final day of regular season play in the Southeastern Conference.
The teams played an even first half that saw only one shot on goal that VU freshman goalkeeper Shannon Morrish had no trouble stopping. The squads combined for 12 shots in the opening stanza and each took two corner kicks.
Kentucky got on the board in the 52nd minute of play when Natalie Horner played a long service toward the penalty spot in front of Vanderbilt's goal. Morrish came out to play the ball, but was pressured by a Wildcat attacker and unable to corral it. The rebound fell to Caitlin Landis at the top of the 18', and her low effort trickled into the back of the net.
The Wildcats extended their lead just two minutes later. Arin Gilliland had a shot that Morrish dove to her left to save, and Landis was again the beneficiary. Her run to the near post was rewarded and she tucked the ball under Morrish as the VU keeper attempted to recover from her previous diving effort.
The final goal came for UK in the 74th minute. Kennedy Collier received a ball at the left corner of the 18-yard box and sent in a high shot that found the upper 90 inside the back post.
Vanderbilt took 12 shots to 15 for the Wildcats. The Commodores held an 8-7 advantage in that category during the second half. VU also created six corner kicks to only two for UK.
The Commodores close out the 2012 campaign with a 5-10-5 record and a 2-7-4 mark in SEC play. Injuries finally caught up with Vanderbilt down the stretch of the season, as VU was missing its top goal scorer (freshman Cheyna Williams) and starting goalkeeper (sophomore Alexa Levick) for the final few weeks.
Friday's game marked the final time in Black and Gold for five seniors, including three who were able to see game action. Dana Schwartz was the only senior to start Thursday's contest, with Kate Goldin and Emily Bush both playing reserve roles. The Commodores were without CJ Rhoades, who missed the entire season, and Amanda Essay, who was injured early in the year.
Thursday's victory coupled with a loss by Missouri moved Kentucky into the fourth position in the upcoming SEC Tournament, which begins Monday in Orange Beach, Ala.