Kansas Soccer Defeats Minnesota In Spring Opener

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas soccer team defeated Minnesota, 2-0, on Sunday at the Jayhawks Soccer Complex in first exhibition match of the team’s spring schedule.

The two teams went scoreless in the first half as Kansas had several scoring chances turned aside by Minnesota goalkeeper Molly Schneider, who came up with several big saves in the first stanza.

The Jayhawks got on the board in the 63rd minute when junior forward Caroline Smith deflected a pass sent into the box by freshman midfielder Emily Strinden. The deflection found freshman defender Afton Sauer wide open on the far side of the goal where she was able to bury the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Kansas upped its lead in the 84th minute when junior forward Kimberly Karfonta knocked in a loose ball in front of the net for the Jayhawks’ final goal.

Kansas returns to action on Saturday, April 23, when it travels to Indianapolis, Ind., to take on Purdue at 7:30 p.m.