NASHVILLE - All four seniors were in the starting lineup and Candace West scored her 16th career goal Friday, but the Commodore women's soccer team still fell to visiting Kentucky, 4-2, at the VU Soccer Complex.
West's goal in the 35th minute was her team-best fifth of the season. She and classmate Emily Grant both logged the full 90 minutes Friday. Fellow seniors Elizabeth Lillie and Bridget Lohmuller also had solid contributions. Lohmuller was seeing her first action in over a month after suffering a leg injury in the non-conference season.
Kentucky scored the game's first goal in the 21st minute when Caitlin Landis volleyed home a rebound after Kelsey Hunyadi's shot was saved by VU keeper Jessica Amlaw. West tied the game in the 35th minute, with a 20-yard left-footed strike.
In the 42nd minute, UK again took the lead when a 40-yard free kick from Ashley VanLandingham took a bad hop in the penalty area and drifted in past the far post. Vanderbilt would get an unorthodox goal of its own in the 48th minute. Junior Dana Schwartz crossed a ball toward freshman Cherrelle Jarrett at the near post. Jarrett's one-time effort went high into the air before falling over keeper Kayla Price's reach and into the goal.
Landis gave the Wildcats their third lead of the game in the 54th minute when her header was the final touch off a corner kick that had been taken by Hunyadi and directed toward the face of the goal by Natalie Horner. Hunyadi would score an insurance goal for UK in the 63rd minute, calmly volleying the ball home when a shot by Alyssa Telang rang off the back post and fell at her feet.
Prior to tonight's contest, Vanderbilt had been eliminated from contention for the 2011 Southeastern Conference Tournament, meaning Friday was the Commodores' final game of the 2011 season.