Kentucky junior goalkeeper Stuart Ford was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week Monday.

Ford put together perhaps his two best performances of his career in keeping clean sheets in Kentucky’s two 1-0 wins last week.

On Wednesday he held an ETSU side, that came in red hot with a stretch that included a win at then-No. 1 North Carolina, scoreless through 106 minutes of action, making a key save and coming decisively for multiple contested balls and crosses throughout the match.

On Sunday against No. 21 New Mexico, Ford tied a career-high with six saves and protected a 1-0 lead for 86 minutes. Ford has a Conference USA-best 0.48 goals-against average in 756:12 minutes of match action this season.

Ford earned the first C-USA Player of the Week award of his career.

Kentucky rated No. 9 in first RPI
Kentucky checked in at No. 9 in the first edition of the Rating Percentage Index, released by the NCAA on Monday.

The Wildcats were receiving votes in the NSCAA Coaches’ Poll last week, with the new rankings set to be released Tuesday.

The next one
Kentucky will welcome Lipscomb to The Bell on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The first 250 fans at The Bell will receive a match poster.

Gates will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and $2 for youth and seniors. Fans can purchase tickets online via Ticketmaster or by calling (800) 928-2287, or at the ticket window at The Bell.

Kentucky’s 600-plus season ticket holders can wear their 2016 Kentucky Soccer scarves to gain admission.

Parking for the match is first come first served located outside the stadium’s main entrance. Overflow parking will be available above the soccer practice pitch.

UK players will sign autographs on the side of the pitch following the match weather-permitting.

The best coverage of UK men’s soccer is available via UKMensSoccer handles on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

by Jake Most