Oct. 11, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. --Tennessee battled well in the second half as Caroline Brown scored off a header in the 65th minute, but UT suffered a 4-1 loss at No. 16 Kentucky on Friday after the Wildcats seized momentum early with a four goals in the first 40 minutes.
Tennessee fell to 7-5-2 and 2-3-1 in SEC play with the loss. Kentucky improved to 11-2-1 and 5-1-0 in conference play.
Kentucky pulled ahead in the eighth minute when Arin Gilliland fired from inside the box to put one past UT starting goalkeeper Julie Eckel's left. Caitlin Landis and Cara Ledman assisted on the score.
The Wildcats lead grew to 2-0 in the 13th minute when Landis pushed ahead to score from close range off a pass from Stuart Pope.
Tennessee worked the far sideline for much of the first 20 minutes, finding room for streaks and balls forward to attackers. But most of those runs went long over the UK back line.
Amy Neal fired UT's first shot 14th minute, but Kentucky keeper Kayla King was there for the save.
In the 25th minute, Landis scored when a cross went in to the far post into the upper 90 without a touch and Kentucky's lead grew to 3-0.
Hannah Wilkinson and Neal came roaring back in the 26th minute and Neal took Tennessee's best shot of the first half. Neal ripped a shot from the top right side of the box that was curving toward the near post before King made a diving grab.
In the 36th minute, UT had a good with Aaran Parry pushing it forward along the back line before sending it low across the box. After the ball bounced around, Cali Hutson fired wide right from the top of the box.
Gilliland pushed Kentucky's lead to 4-0 in the 40th minute. On a breakaway from midfield, Gilliland fired a shot off Eckel's left arm that deflected into the goal.
Tennessee fought hard in the second half and got on the scoreboard in the 65th minute when Caroline Brown headed in a goal off a hard cross through the box from Wilkinson. The score was Brown's 25th of her career, moving her into a tie with Mick Imgram (2006-09), Keeley Dowling (2001-04) and Kendyl Michner (1997-99) for seventh place on Tennessee's all-time list.
Hannah Steadman made her season debut in the second half, playing 45 strong minutes with three saves. Eckel had three saves in the first half.
Tennessee finished with a 17-13 edge on shots. The Volunteers and the Wildcats had three corner kicks each.
Friday's match against the No. 16 Wildcats was Tennessee's third consecutive contest against a ranked opponent. UT took a 3-0 win over No. 25 Ole Miss on Oct. 4 and fell to No. 17 South Carolina, 1-0, in overtime on Oct. 6.
Tennessee returns to Regal Soccer Stadium on Oct. 18 to host Auburn at 7 p.m.