This Week in UK Sports – August 18th-August 24th

Kentucky Basketball has been going on this past week, but with the Bahamas Trip ending other sports at UK are beginning. Here is the schedule for this week in UK Sports.

Monday – Thursday – NO GAMES

Friday (8/22) - Women’s Soccer at Washington – 10 pm

Saturday (8/23)  – Men’s Soccer vs. Georgia State (Exhibition) – 7 pm

Sunday (8/24) – Women’s Soccer at Seattle University – 3 pm

 

 

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Patrick Towles named starting Quarterback

imageThe Quaterback battle has ended, and Patrick Towles came out on top. Mark Stoops named Towles the starter through the statement below.

“After thorough evaluation and a hard fought competition, we are naming Patrick Towles as our starting quarterback. This competition has brought out the best in our quarterbacks and I’m confident in Patrick moving our team forward.”

Patrick being named the starter isn’t a total shocker, as he seemed to be the front runner since the Spring. Stoops did not say who would be the backup.

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UKAthletics.com previews tonight’s Men’s Soccer exhibition match against Northern Kentucky

Kentucky Men’s Soccer takes on Northern Kentucky in an exhibition match tonight at 10 pm. UKAthletics.com has a preview for the game and the season.

Irving Named Preseason All-Conference
Kentucky junior goalkeeper Callum Irving has been voted preseason All-Conference USA by the league coaches. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Irving earned All-Conference USA First Team honors in 2013. Irving started 16 games in the net, recording 46 saves and six shutouts, which ranked ninth in program history. He owned a goals against average of 1.09.

Read the full preview here.

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Cats lose tough game to Dominican Republic

Everything about the Big Blue Bahamas was perfect until about 8 minutes left in today’s game. After a Devin Booker three, the Dominicans went on a 17-3 run to end the game. The Cats turned the ball over during the last possession, and UK lost their first game of the trip because of it. The Cats ended up going 5-1 on the trip, as 6 games in 8 days was just too much for the team in the end. If the trolls talk, just tell them that the 1996 UK team went 5-1 on their international trip as well, and I think that team ended up doing alright.

Tyler Ulis played great today, but the rest of the team seemed to be worn out. Coach Robic went away from the platoon system after Poythress went out and not having Poythress in there noticeably hurt the offense. The Cats go to lineup at the end was Ulis, the Twins, Lee and Towns. That lineup is one everyone wanted to see, but they didn’t look so great together today. They were all tired and this is August, so losing by one to a professional team isn’t the worse thing to happen to the Cats in the world. All in all this was a great trip and this team is going to be very good.

Go Cats!

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Four UK Men’s Soccer names to know before tonight’s exhibition against Northern Kentucky

The UK Men’s Soccer team is kicking off their season tonight in an exhibition game against Northern Kentucky. UK is looking to improve on a 7th place finish in the Conference USA, and they have some talent that might take them to the top of the conference. Here are four names to look for tonight and for the rest of the season.

 Callum Irving – 1

Position – GK

Irving earned the starting goalkeeper post at the end of September last year and  would go on to start the final 13 games of the season. He allowed just 18 goals in the  16 games he played, and had a goals against average of 1.09 (11th in school  history). He also made 46 saves and had six shutouts last year.

Bryan Celis – 14

Position – MF

Celis played in 12 games last year and started in all 12. He recorded three assists and ranked fourth on the team in assists. He did not score, but he hit two shots on target out of his seven attempts.

Napo Matsoso – 7

Position – MF

Matsoso played in all 20 games at midfield last year as a true freshman. He finished the year with one goal and five assists (2nd on the team). He fired 32 shots with nine on goal. He was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team last year.

Jordan Wilson – 5

Position – D

Wilson started 17 of the 20 games last season as a true freshman. He was a key member of the back line for the Wildcats that only allowed 2o goals in the games he played in. He fired four shots with three of them coming on target. He was named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team.

You can follow along tonight on UKathletics.com or you can follow @UKMensSoccer on Twitter for in-game updates. Our twitter account will also be giving occasional updates.

Go Cats!

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This Day in UK Basketball History: UK defeats Windsor 104-75 (2010)

 

This day in UK History in 2010 the Cats defeated Windsor 104-75 on their foreign trip. Darius Miller scored 24 points, Brandon Knight had 27 and Doron Lamb went for 23. Josh Harrellson went on a rebounding clinic, as he grabbed 19 rebounds.

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Watch highlights from UK’s 77-72 win over Champagne Chalons-Reims

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