Bjorgolfsson, Gutmann and Grening lead Kentucky to 3-2 rivalry win over Louisville – UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Eythor Bjorgolfsson, Nick Gutmann and Casper Grening scored as No. 5 Kentucky Men’s Soccer (4-0-0) came from within a goal to win 3-2 against rival No. 10 Louisville ( 3-1-0) at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex on Tuesday.

An electric crowd of 2,004 Big Blue Nation members went wild as the Wildcats equalized in quick succession, then quickly took the lead in the second half before Grening scored what turned out to be the winner of 74e minute.

The Wildcats beat Louisville for the third straight season and fourth straight time at home in the series that alternates between campus venues each year. The Wildcats improved to 15-8-5 all-time against the Cardinals.

Louisville took the lead on an own goal in the 10e minute, but the Wildcats were undeterred and leveled the proceedings soon after. Bjorgolfsson used the height to his advantage to direct a cross from Grening into the net for his second goal of the season.

“The courage and resilience of our guys to pull themselves together to tie the game at halftime, I thought was great for our guys,” assistant coach Ryan Zinkhan said. “They executed the game plan really well.”

Going into the second half of the game tied at 1-1, the Wildcats took the lead just after the restart. Gutmann, scored his second goal of the season and first since the season opener, courtesy of an assist from Enzo Mauriz. The junior’s through ball played Gutmann into goal where he fired a right-footed ball into the back of the net. Mauriz picked up his first assist of 2022.

Grening added margin to the Wildcats lead in 73rd minute. After shooting four shots throughout the game, one of his three shots on goal gave Kentucky a 3-1 lead. Grening broke away in transition, dribbled into the box and tossed the ball over the goalkeeper and a slippery, dragging defender, Grening scored his second goal in two games.

Louisville left the result in doubt with an 80e-minute goal, but the UK controlled possession in the dying minutes of the game and the defence, who conceded their first two goals of the season during the game, were resolute when called off in what could have been nervous closing moments.

The Wildcats travel to Tulsa, Okla., for the first test drive of the season. Kentucky will face the No. 20 Golden Hurricanes in a non-conference game on Sunday for a game at 8 p.m. ET.

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