Kentucky Wildcats men's soccer
|2018 Kentucky Wildcats men's soccer team|
|University||University of Kentucky|
|Athletic director||Mitch Barnhart|
|Head coach||Johan Cedergren (7th season)|
|Stadium||Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex |
|Colors||Blue and White|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 16|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1999, 2000, 2001, 2018|
|Conference Regular Season championships|
|2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2015, 2018|
Since the Southeastern Conference (SEC) does not sponsor men's soccer (minimum four schools needed to sponsor a sport, only two offer it), the team has been associate members of other conferences. From 1995 to 2004, it was a member of the Mid-American Conference. Since 2005, Kentucky is a member of Conference USA, creating a rivalry with fellow new member South Carolina, which had rejoined the reunified conference that season.
In 2018, Kentucky went 17-1-1 with wins against #6 Louisville and #2 Indiana, both by a score of 3-0 at home. They finished 7-1 overall in conference play with their only lose coming on the road at FIU 2-3. The Wildcats won the C-USA Regular Season and Tournament Titles. They were the #3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, their highest ever.
The school has two major rivalries, one traditional and one unique since they are an all-sports in-conference competition, but in this sport is a rivalry because of its nature.
- Governor's Cup: Against in-state rival Louisville, the traditional all-sports rivalry between Louisville (ACC) and Kentucky (C-USA).
- SEC Derby: While South Carolina is not regarded as a rivalry in the Southeastern Conference for other sports, the two schools are the only playing members of the sport with normal SEC membership, . Kentucky left the Mid-American Conference after the 2004 season when South Carolina rejoined the reunified Conference USA, which they had been a member last in 1994 (when it was the Metro). Both schools have referred to the rivalry as the Southeastern Conference Men's Championship.