Soccer Edges Nebraska 2-1

March 10, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Freshman Jamie Fletcher scored the go-ahead goal just past the midway mark of the second half as Kansas soccer held onto to win 2-1 over Nebraska Saturday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. The Jayhawks improved to 2-0 on the spring season.

Junior goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau, who played all 90 minutes between the posts, held the Cornhuskers scoreless through the first half but the KU offense couldn’t find the back of the net either as the teams went into the break with a scoreless tie. As the second half got underway, junior Whitney Berry hit sophomore Caroline Kastor with a pass. Kastor took on the NU goalkeeper and snuck one by for Kansas’ first score of the game.

Nebraska eventually countered with its own goal but KU freshman Jamie Fletcher responded shortly after with the eventual game-winner. Kastor crossed a ball into the box where Fletcher was able to get a head on it and flicked it past the Husker goalie.

After spending a good portion of its spring working on defense, Kansas head coach Mark Francis was happy with his team’s efforts in the back field against Nebraska.

“I thought we were really good defensively today,” said head coach Mark Francis. “We played with a mentality to win balls back and we put a lot of pressure on the ball. In the second half we really moved the ball quickly. We were good in terms of consistency.”

Kansas will take a few weeks off from competition before closing out the month of March when it hosts South Dakota State on Saturday, March 31 at 11 a.m.