Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Laird's Golden Goal Gives Soccer Winover No. 27 ODU

uk soccerLEXINGTON, Ky. (11/14/13) - Justin Laird’s golden goal in the 93rd minute lifted the Kentucky men’s soccer team to a dramatic 1-0 overtime win over No. 27 Old Dominion, in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament, hosted by Charlotte, on a bitterly cold Wednesday night at Transamerica Field.
 
“A fantastic team performance,” UK head coach Johan Cedergren, who is unbeaten in his two years of C-USA Tournament action, said. “At times we really had to dig deep and defend hard. All the guys did a fantastic job. Cally (Irving) saving a penalty, Steven (Perinovic) and Jordan (Wilson) were fantastic. Charlie Reymann, who had a tough time down at ODU when we played them at their place in the regular season, he has grown so much since that game. He was one of the best players that we had today. Same for Alex Bumpus, who played on the other side (of the backline). That back four, with Cally, they did a fantastic job. They got forward as well; Alex (Bumpus) and Charlie had a lot of good crosses that we just weren’t able to do anything with. Everyone did well but especially the back four and Cally, you have to give a huge plus there.”
 
Kentucky (7-9-3) battled the high-octane Monarchs scoreless through regulation, getting a heroic performance from sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving – a 2013 first-team All-Conference USA selection in goal – who saved five shots, including a penalty kick attempt in the second half.
 
“It was similar to last time against ODU, just an absolute battle from beginning to end that team was coming at us full throttle,” Irving said. “The guys had to fight, everyone on the field, it was intense to say the least. Just really happy we got the win.”
 
In the 93rd frame, UK senior forward Tyler Riggs found freshman midfielder Napo Matsoso on the near sideline. Matsoso, a member of the C-USA All-Freshman Team, lofted a gorgeous ball over the backline and right to Laird inside the 18-yard box. Laird, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., had a defender on his hip but managed to fire a shot into the net at the far post for the golden goal. It marked Laird’s first goal during his career at Kentucky, with the six-foot forward netting seven goals during a freshman season at Wright State, when we was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year.
 
“The goal, honestly, I have to give it all to Napo,” Laird said. “All to Napo. He played a good ball in and I just had a good touch on the outside of my foot and put it far post.”
 
The assist marked the first of the year for Riggs and the fifth of the season for Matsoso.
 
“Such a good goal,” Cedergren said. “He is a good player, he is a big body he is not afraid to put it in there, he is fast and he can finish. He peeled off the defender, we picked up the run. A great ball and a great finish. We rotated the forwards to try and keep them fresh, hoping that we could catch ODU on a counter and in the end it played out. Great goal by Justin.”
 
The win for the Wildcats is the second against Old Dominion in 2013, as UK used a 2-1 overtime win over the Monarchs on two goals from senior Brad Doliner on Oct. 4 in Norfolk, Va., which also included a then career-high six save outing from Irving.
 
Old Dominion (10-5-1) suffered just its fifth loss of the year, with two coming at the hands of the Wildcats. ODU entered the game with just two losses in its last 12 games, vs. UK and against No. 25 New Mexico, the 2013 league champions.
 
The Monarchs had a chance to take control of the game in the 63rd minute, getting awarded a penalty kick after a foul right at the edge of the 18-yard box. Ivan Militar took the penalty, firing a hard-hit shot to his right. Irving made a spectacular diving save to his left, getting a hand on the ball before securing it in his gut for a crucial, game-saving stop.
 
“When the guy stepped up, I just had a feeling to my left and I went down there and got a hand on it,” Irving said. “It felt amazing to keep that for our team.”
 
ODU had a dynamic performance from C-USA Offensive Player of the Year Tim Hopkinson, who fired 11 shots in the game, part of a 25-11 shot advantage and a 5-1 mark in corners for the Monarchs. ODU keeper Sean Stowe saved two shots.
 
Kentucky will return to action on Friday in the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament, with kickoff at Transamerica Field slated for 7:30 p.m. ET. UK will face the winner of No. 3 seeded UAB and No. 6 seeded Charlotte.
 
GAME NOTES: Freshman Kaelon Fox and junior Justin Laird were the first subs of the game … Junior Justin Laird notched his first career Kentucky goal in overtime and his eighth career collegiate goal … Senior Tyler Riggs now has 10 career assists and 68 career points … Riggs now moves into a tie with Brian Dausman (1992-95) for fifth place in UK career history in points … Riggs now has 142 shots in his career, ranking sixth in UK career history … Freshman Napo Matsoso notched his fifth assist of the year … UK is now 2-0-3 in overtime games in 2013 and 2-1-5 overall in overtime games during the Johan Cedergren era … Cedergren is unbeaten in C-USA Tournament play, with a 2-0-1 record over the last two years … Senior center back Steven Perinovic won 5-of-5 contested header attempts and has now won 143-for-185 on the year, a 77-percent clip … UK is now 2-0 all-time against Old Dominion, with both wins coming in 2013 … It marked UK’s fourth win over a ranked foe in the last two years and its first in 2013.

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Hopkins County Family YMCA to Host 9/11 Heroes Meet and Greet

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/1/14) — In conjunction with the Madisonville 9/11 Heroes Run, the Hopkins County Family YMCA will… Read More

Teacher Appreciation at Land Between The Lakes

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (9/1/14) — Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area offers teachers free general admission to… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 29, 2014 8177

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 28, 2014 7531

Police Pursuit Spans Parts of Northern…

in Top Stories by Alex Piper, MCSO
August 30, 2014 7463

One Hospitalized After Officer-Involved…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 31, 2014 4501

Passenger in Officer-Involved Shooting…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 29, 2014 3907

Business Spotlight - Magical Memories…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 30, 2014 3182

Ponderosa Madisonville to Donate 10…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 30, 2014 1292

City of Madisonville Says 'Goodbye' to…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
August 29, 2014 880

MCC Announces New Board Members

in Top Stories by Joyce Riggs
September 01, 2014 741

Hopkins County Misdemeanor Indictments

in Top Stories by Karen McKnight
August 29, 2014 575

Trover Health Endowment Reaches $100,000…

in Top Stories by Joyce Riggs

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 29, 2014 2534

Daviess County Sheriff’s Office Activity…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 29, 2014 2452

Owensboro Police Department Activity…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 28, 2014 2152

Downtown Trolley to Run on Labor Day

in News by Abby Shelton
August 30, 2014 1642

Owensboro Traffic Advisory

in News by Keith Todd
August 28, 2014 1429

Daviess County Sheriff’s Office Activity…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 28, 2014 7531

Police Pursuit Spans Parts of Northern…

in Top Stories by Alex Piper, MCSO
August 29, 2014 3907

Business Spotlight - Magical Memories…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 28, 2014 3557

Another Greenville Home Invasion Being…

in Top Stories by Wes Miller, GPD
August 28, 2014 2318

Whitfield, Yonts Pay Tribute to Bob and…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 28, 2014 2228

Stanton Barrett's NASCAR Mustang Gets…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06