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The Kentucky Wildcats men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of the University of Kentucky.

Kentucky Wildcats
men's soccer
2018 Kentucky Wildcats men's soccer team
Kentucky Wildcats logo.svg
UniversityUniversity of Kentucky
Athletic directorMitch Barnhart
Head coachJohan Cedergren (7th season)
ConferenceConference USA
LocationLexington, KY
StadiumWendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex
(Capacity: 3,368)
ColorsBlue and White[1]
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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

Notable former playersEdit


  1. ^ Primary Color Palette (PDF). University of Kentucky Athletics Brand Identity Guidelines. February 5, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Annual Standings" (PDF). 2012 MAC Men's Soccer Record Book. Mid-American Conference. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  3. ^ [1]

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