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Soccer: Ragin' Cajuns Overpowered By Kentucky In Soccer, 5-0
LEXINGTON, Ky. – First-half goals by Marissa Bosco and Hannah Richardson combined with three more scores in the second half carried Kentucky to a 5-0 victory over the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Women's Soccer team on Thursday at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.
Ulfa Ulfarsdottir added a pair of assists while Laura Nielsen stopped a pair of shots as Kentucky (2-0-1) won its second straight match after opening the season last week with a 1-1 tie at Big 10 member Purdue. Louisiana, playing the second of three straight road matches against schools from the Southeastern Conference, fell to 1-2-0 on the season.
Louisiana opened the match with a pair of shot attempts by Lizzie Mayfield, including one that bounced off the left post after the Ragin' Cajuns forced Kentucky into an errant pass. Mayfield, who played a season-high 82 minutes, took four of Louisiana's season-high nine shots against an improved Kentucky squad.
Bosco would give Kentucky a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute after taking a pass from Miranda Jimenez and placing a ball past Louisiana goalkeeper Libby Harper into the lower right corner of the goal.
Richardson scored the first of her two goals for the Wildcats in the 33rd minute after Ulfarsdottir set up the goal with a pass to Maria Olsen, who would then find an open Richardson just outside the 18-yard box for a 2-0 lead.
Kentucky extended its lead to 3-0 in the 57th minute after the Ragin' Cajuns defense attempted to clear out a ball inside the 18-yard box, but the ball was knocked over Harper and into the back of the net for an own goal.
Jordyn Rhodes added her team-best fourth goal of the season for Kentucky in the 67th minute after taking a well-placed pass from Ulfarsdottir before Richardson closed out the scoring in the 88th minute with an unassisted goal.
Kentucky, which has outscored its opposition 9-1 in its first three matches, held a 21-9 advantage in shots which included 13 attempts on goal. Harper stopped nine shots for Louisiana, matching her career-best which was set during her freshman season at Akron in 2019.
Louisiana will wrap up its three-match road swing through the SEC on Sunday when it visits No. 17-ranked Tennessee in a 1 p.m., EDT contest.
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