Two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half lifted Oakland to a 2-0 upset win at Kentucky for only their second win in the NCAA
Men's Tournament in the Division I era. It's been a remarkable turnaround for the Golden Grizzlies, who began the season with five straight losses. Cody Archibald
headed a corner kick taken by John DeLeon
into the goal at the far post in the 55th minute to break the deadlock.
Six minutes later, Oakland took a 2-0 lead when Gavin Hoy
juked multiple UK defenders inside the 18-yard box, and then smashed the ball across goal and into
the goal from six yards out.
"I'm just really proud of the guys as I thought it was a great game," said Oakland coach Eric Pogue
. "Kentucky is a
great team and we knew we had to come with our best effort tonight. It was a pretty evenly matched game in the first half. In the second half, we came out and really dictated the play and had some
nice finishes. Just really proud of the entire team effort."
Kentucky was without two regular starters unavailable for selection: Napo Matsoso
(red-card suspension) and Justin Laird
“Disappointing night, of course,” Wildcats head coach Johan Cedergren
said. “You have to give Oakland a lot of credit. Good team. You can tell it’s an older team, lots of juniors and seniors that have been
there before. When it got tough, I thought that they excelled and maybe we have some work to do in terms in the mental toughness and especially when the games little tougher.”