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Women's soccer plays Tennessee to 1-1 draw

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Oct 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-18 21:55:26-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team recorded its second point of the season, playing Tennessee to a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes of action at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex on Sunday evening. The Wildcats move to a 0-3-2 record in 2020, while the Volunteers hold a 2-2-1 record.

Both Kentucky’s and Tennessee’s goals happened in the first six minutes of the contest. The Volunteers scored first, after Abbey Burdette nudged the ball in the net, connecting off a corner kick from Claudia Dipasupil in the second minute.

Less than five minutes later, Kentucky’s Julia Grosso leveled the contest, launching the ball inside the top left corner in the sixth minute. She moved up to midfield last weekend vs. then-No. 8 Georgia after starting in the backline to begin the season.

Kentucky recorded its most shots on frame this fall, aiming eight at the net against a strong Tennessee defensive line. Grosso and Maria Olsen were credited with two apiece, while Gretchen Mills, Hannah Richardson and Jordyn Rhodes added one shot on frame each. Meanwhile, the Wildcats posted 16 shots in the game, also a season high, against the Volunteers’ 22 shots.

Kentucky’s backline allowed just seven shots on frame from Tennessee’s strikers, tying a season low. Goalkeeper Brooke Littman made six saves, reaching 36 saves through five games this season. It is the most saves she has recorded in a season, four more than her previous record of 31 saves in 2017-18 at Notre Dame.

The redshirt senior competed in all 110 minutes of the contest, as did Caroline Trout, Úlfa Úlfarsdóttir, Marie Olesen and Peyton Rimko. In fact, Littman, Trout and Úlfarsdóttir haven’t missed a minute of action all season.

Josie Knight and Emily Hähnel combined for 66 minutes as key contributors off the bench.

The Kentucky women’s soccer team will return to competition next Sunday, October 24 to square off with Auburn in Auburn, Alabama, at 7 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to follow along with live scoring or tune in on SEC Network+ or the ESPN app.