Men's Soccer
Kentucky Falls to South Carolina in Conference Opener

Kentucky Falls to South Carolina in Conference Opener

LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 24 Kentucky men’s soccer (3-3-0, 0-1-0 Sun Belt) opened conference play with a 0-1 loss to South Carolina (2-3-1, 1-0-0 Sun Belt) on Friday at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.

Following the match dubbed the “Unofficial Southeastern Conference Championship,” Kentucky and South Carolina now hold an all-time series record of 12-8-4 (UK).

With 10 shots fired to the Gamecocks’ five, Kentucky failed to find a successful scoring opportunity in 90 minutes of regulation.

In the second minute of play, Aboubacar Camara took a penalty kick for UK but was denied by USC’s keeper. Following the early goal attempt, Kentucky recorded only three more shots on goal throughout the match.

South Carolina found its game-winning goal in the 27th minute scored by Ethan Dekel Daks.

The loss was the first home defeat of 2023. Kentucky will look toward a two-match road stint next Tuesday at Ohio State and Saturday at Old Dominion. The Wildcats will return to The Bell to take on Central Florida on Sept. 29.

Big Blue Nation can purchase single match or season tickets for the 2023 homestand by clicking here. Tickets will also be available for purchase upon arrival to The Bell.

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