Kentucky travels to South Carolina, meets defenders of conference champions

COLUMBIA, SC – The University of Kentucky women’s football program resumes its fall season for the third week this weekend, traveling to Columbia, South Carolina, to face South Carolina on Sunday, October 4 at 1:00 pm eastern USA. The contest will be held on the SEC Network, with Michael Watts and Cat Whitehall on the conference call.

The Wildcats have a 0-2-0 record after facing two of the top four conference teams to start the season, losing at Vanderbilt on September 20 and against No. 13 Arkansas on September 27. The strength test will continue this weekend, as South Carolina is the current champion of the Southeast Conference and chosen to end the season in second place in the pre-season coaches’ survey of the conference.

The Gamecocks are 1-1-0 this fall and will feature two athletic freshmen, like striker Catherine Barry and goalkeeper Taylor Fox. Barry leads his team with two goals in six shots, while Fox played every 180 minutes as a rookie goalkeeper, scoring eight saves and allowing only two goals this season.

Kentucky narrowly leads the all-time series with South Carolina, 13-11-1, although the UK has not beaten Carolina since October 10, 2014.

Despite working within the confines of an insufficiently active squad in their last two competitions, the Wildcats were able to produce some leading conference statistics against the top-ranked teams. Senior Goalkeeper Redshirt Brooke Littman is the leader in defenses of the league, with 18 defenses in two games, seven more than the field. On his Kentucky debut, the move to Notre Dame set a career record for seven defenders at Vanderbilt, and then restarted his career with 11 defenses against Arkansas number 13.

Kentucky also boasts the solo leader of the conference in goals, as Jordyn Rhodes registered three goals in just nine shots this season. The second year also leads the team in career goals, registering 11 goals in just over a season.

The game at Eugene E. Stone Stadium III will follow a reduced capacity plan, allowing 675 fans inside the stadium. Fans are still encouraged to follow the score live, tune in to the SEC Network or watch it live on the ESPN app.

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