The Wildcats advance to the semi-finals towards FIU on Friday
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UK ATHLETICS) – Fourth-seeded No. 15 Kentucky (12-1-4) opened the 2021 Convention USA Championship with a 3-1 win over fifth-seeded Coastal Carolina (6-5-4) on Wednesday at Transamerica Area in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Wildcats advance to a semifinal matchup with top-seeded No. 14 FIU (12-2-2) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Lucca Rodrigues, Luis Grassow and Eythor Bjorgolfsson every discovered the again of the web in Wednesday’s victory.
Rodrigues started the scoring with Kentucky’s quickest aim of the season, heading dwelling a cross from Mason Visconti simply 1:26 after the opening whistle. Grassow supplied the eventual recreation winner with a header of his personal off a nook kick by Robert Display screen within the 25th minute, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead on the break.
After Kentucky outshot Coastal Carolina 6-1 within the first half, the Chanticleers’ offense intensified within the second body with a 9-8 benefit in shot makes an attempt. Coastal Carolina broke by way of within the 67th minute when Alvaro Garcia-Pasqual sneaked a aim previous UK goalkeeper Jan Hoffelner on the tail finish of a nook kick that bounced off a number of our bodies within the aim space.
With the Wildcats’ lead minimize to 2-1, Bjorgolfsson put the Chanticleers away for good with a breakaway one-on-one showdown towards Coastal Carolina keeper Leon Schmidt that ended with a routine proper footer to the close to submit with simply over three minutes remaining.
Kentucky outgunned Coastal 14-10 general, together with 7-2 on aim. Coastal Carolina dedicated 11 first-half fouls for a complete of 16 on the night, whereas the Cats had been referred to as for 12. A mixed 5 yellow playing cards had been handed out between the groups, with three coming within the closing six minutes.
Hoffelner, who was just lately topped C-USA Goalkeeper of the 12 months, allowed simply his fifth aim of the season in his ninth win between the pipes. Rodrigues, Grassow, Visconti and Display screen performed all 90 minutes on the UK backline, whereas staff captains Marcel Meinzer and Bailey Rouse performed each minute within the center.
Kentucky seems to avenge one other scoreless draw from the common season in Friday’s rematch with FIU, simply because it did towards Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.
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