The Kentucky women’s soccer team kept its first clean sheet of the season on Sunday in sloppy, rainy conditions at the Bell Soccer Complex to pick up a 1-0 win over Furman, and get back to .500 on the season.

Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Leonard recorded her first-career shutout on the season Sunday afternoon, making five saves, with three of them critical game-saving stops that put the freshman from Greeneville, Tennessee on center stage Sunday afternoon.

The goal for Kentucky was through a penalty that was converted by sophomore midfielder Yuuka Kurosaki. It was Kurosaki’s fourth goal of the season, and put UK up 1-0 in the 71st minute – a lead in which UK would hold.

With the win, the Wildcats snap their four-match losing streak and get back to .500 on the season. Southeastern Conference play begins on Thursday night with UK traveling to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will be shown live on the SEC Network with Trey Bender and Jill Loyden on the call from Columbia.

Kentucky had shots from eight different players in the sloppy conditions on Sunday, after more than an inch and a half of water was dumped on the Lexington area prior to kick-off. The UK Sports Turf crew headed by Josh Davis and Marcus Elswick worked tirelessly all morning to get the field ready for play, and it held up beautifully.

UK had 11 shots in the match, as did Furman.

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