Kansas Drops Spring Opener to Nebraska, 3-2

March 1, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – Junior forward Caroline Kastor scored twice for Kansas soccer Friday night as the Jayhawks came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit at the Nebraska Soccer Field, but the Cornhuskers topped KU with a late goal to steal the 3-2 victory.

“It’s a little disappointing to start your spring this way,” said head coach Mark Francis. “I liked how we fought back though. We really showed a lot of character tonight and that will be something to build on as we move forward.”

As she had for the entire 2012 season, the junior, Kastor, played a big role for the Jayhawks. With her team trailing 2-0 at the intermission, the Wichita product found the back of the net twice in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Freshman midfielder Hanna Kallmaier assisted Kastor in her first scoring effort, while freshman forward Courtney Dickerson fed Kastor in the box as she beat her defender for the second goal.

With just five minutes left in regulation, the Jayhawks found themselves on the wrong side of a Nebraska breakaway, which the Cornhuskers then converted into the go-ahead goal.

A few late rallies by the Jayhawks in the final minutes produced no results as the KU comeback fell just short, 3-2.

“The weather has really hurt our training schedule because we haven’t been able to be out on the field as much as we’d like,” concluded Francis. “I think we were a little overmatched in that respect tonight. As the spring progresses I think the team will get back to the level where it needs to be to compete at a high level.”

Now 0-1 for the spring exhibition season, KU will now prepare for a 10-day tour through Europe which will feature four matches in four countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy) between March 18-22. Follow updates and recaps from each of the Jayhawks’ international matches by logging on to KUAthletics.com or follow on Twitter at KU_Soccer.

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