Jayhawks Drop Exhibition Match in Overtime, 3-2
Aug. 14, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Butler defender Claire Milam’s goal from 27 yards out just over three minutes into overtime lifted the Bulldogs to a 3-2 exhibition victory over Kansas soccer Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Following a throw-in, Milam found space near the middle of the field and unleashed a blast from 27 yards away that dipped under the crossbar to give Butler the win.
The Jayhawks led 2-0 midway through the second half, but were playing a man down after defender Shelby Williamson was assessed a red card in the 56th minute. With the game scoreless in the second half, Williamson made a slide tackle from behind on Butler’s Ann Zerfas, who had broken free and was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The result was a red card, which forced KU to play 10-on-11 for the rest of the afternoon.
At first, however, it appeared that the play sparked something in the Jayhawks as Kansas broke the scoreless tie in the 66th minute on a goal from Whitney Berry. Berry took a give from freshman Liana Salazar with a head of steam, broke through the Bulldog defense and beat the goalkeeper one-on-one with a low shot to the left side of the net.
Less than three minutes later, the Jayhawks struck again as freshman Ingrid Vidal snuck in and stole a mishandled ball from the keeper following a free kick from just outside the penalty area. The freshman’s goal gave KU a 2-0 lead.
However, the advantage didn’t last long as Butler’s Elise Kotsakis took advantage of a misplayed ball in the box in the 70th minute, cutting the lead to 2-1. Then, with just under five minutes remaining, the Bulldogs tied the score on a give-and-go between Lucy Chauvin and Nikki Hafele.
Just 15 seconds into the overtime period, it appeared KU would still earn a victory as freshman Kelsey Lyden unleashed a shot from 18 yards out that hit the crossbar and bounced over the net. It was the second KU shot of the match that was denied by the goal frame. The Bulldogs responded with a the game-winner less than three minutes later.
KU used both redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Stroud and junior Kat Liebetrau in net. Stroud played the first half and made five saves, while Liebetrau recorded three stops in the second half and overtime, including a spectacular diving stab that kept the Jayhawks ahead temporarily in the 78th minute.
Butler outshot the Jayhawks 20-12, however, by just a slim 9-8 count after halftime. Vidal led Kansas with five attempts, while Berry chipped in three.
KU will open the 2011 regular season on Friday when it hosts Tennessee at 5 p.m. at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.