Jayhawks Cruise in Soccer Exhibition, 9-0
Aug. 12, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior forward Whitney Berry scored three goals and collected an assist on KU’s first goal, while junior Caroline Kastor tallied a goal and recorded four assists as Kansas soccer rolled Eastern Illinois, 9-0, in an exhibition match Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The Jayhawks opened their 2012 season with a bang as eight different players marked the score sheet with points in the match. KU’s nine goals would have been a program record had Sunday’s contest been a regular season match, passing the seven goals scored by the Jayhawks in a 2008 match against Francis Marion.
Berry, a 5-foot-5 senior from Wichita, Kan., would have also tied a program record with seven points against the Panthers. The senior set up KU’s first goal of the match with a through-ball to Kastor, who tapped in from the far side of the box in the 14th minute.
Berry then put the Jayhawks up 2-0 in the 39th minute as sophomore Kelsey Lyden found the senior with a feed to the far post. It was her first of three goals in the match.
The Jayhawks poured it on in the second half, scoring seven times, including three goals in the first eight minutes of the period. Kastor set up all three of KU’s goals in the opening minutes of the half, helping freshman Ashley Williams score a pair which sandwiched Berry’s second goal of the afternoon in the 51st minute.
Senior Amy Grow, freshman Monica Castro and Lyden tallied second half goals, before Berry put the exclamation point on her afternoon with a tap-in from the near post on a cross from fellow senior Nicole Chrisopulous.
KU’s defense was just as dominant on their side of the field, holding Eastern Illinois to just five shots and two on frame. Goalkeepers Kat Liebetrau and Kaitlyn Stroud each needed to make one save in the team shutout.
The Jayhawks, meanwhile, racked up 28 shots, including a game-high seven by Berry and six by Williams.
Kastor’s four assists would have tied a school record had Sunday’s contest been a regular season match. The last Jayhawk to record four helpers in a single game was Hilla Rantala in 2001.
KU will look for continued success in its regular season opener on Friday when UC Santa Barbara travels to Lawrence. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.