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Former prison guard makes splash at Kentucky
by Paul Kennedy, September 9th, 2009 8AM

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MEN'S NEWS ... When you think about summer jobs for a college student, a few come to mind. Camp counselor. Store clerk. Busboy. Lifeguard. But prison guard?

That's what Kentucky freshman midfielder Matt Lodge did in the summer before leaving his native England to join the Wildcats.

"It was a pretty laid back job, to be honest," Lodge told Cat Scratches. "I wasn't dealing with prisoners as much as I could have been. I pretty much just escorted them in and out of their cells, to and from their work places and guarded equipment."

The prison was a "Cat C" prison -- two levels below a maximum-security facility -- but a lockdown took place on the day, coincidentally, UK coach Ian Collins was supposed to call Lodge and go over plans for his first season in Lexington.

Collins had discovered Lodge last winter at a trial of English amateur players and already calls the freshman his best player -- a huge compliment when you consider the Wildcats feature Soccer America Preseason All-American Barry Rice.

"That is quite a statement about a guy who has been here for a month and a half," said Collins. "Just the quality he brings every day, the effort level, the intensity, the competitiveness. All of those things are very good and he is just very good."

Lodge got his first collegiate goal Sunday for the 2-0-0 Wildcats in a 4-1 win over Bowling Green in the finale of the UK Invitational before 1,475 fans.

* THREE-GAME SWEEPS:
Ten teams had 3-0-0 weeks to start the 2009 men's campaign ...Cincinnati (Bearcats are 3-0-0 for the first time since 1999.)
College of Charleston (Senior John Bello had the game-winners against Coastal Carolina and Old Dominion)
Duke (Blue Devils debuted this week in the Soccer America Top 25 at No. 20)
Gardner-Webb (Redshirt-senior Gerard Hefferon was the Soccer For A Classic MVP)
High Point (Brothers Karo and Fejiro Okiomah have three of the Panthers' four goals)
Iona (Senior Gustavo Destasio scored game-winning goals against Georgia Southern and North Florida)
N.C. State (Wolfpack gets an early ACC test at No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday)
UC Irvine (Sophomore keeper Andrew Fontein has 0.97 GAA, second lowest in school history)
UC Santa Barbara (David Walker matched '08 season total with three goals at West Virginia Nike Classic)
UMBC (Sophomore Andrew Bulls had five goals and four assists in the three wins)

Tuesday's results

* HAT TRICK HERO:
-- Senior Andy Stadler registered his first career hat trick to lead George Washington to a 7-1 victory over the District of Columbia.



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