Jayhawks Trump Drake in Soccer Exhibition, 3-0
Aug. 16, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Freshman Emily Cressy scored a pair of goals while senior Jessica Bush recorded second half tally as the Kansas soccer team kicked off the 2008 season with a 3-0 exhibition triumph over Drake Saturday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Kansas scored early in the first half, and controlled the pace of play for much of the afternoon.
Cressy, who took a redshirt last season, needed just 10 minutes to get in the scoring column. Junior Monica Dolinsky found space in the middle of the field and sent a pass into the attack zone, connecting with Cressy. The 5-foot-5 freshman then dribbled once and lofted a shot into the near corner of the goal to give the Jayhawks a 1-0 advantage.
Early in the second half, Cressy struck again. This time, following a stoppage in play, goalkeeper Julie Hanley sent a goal kick down the middle of the field and found a streaking Cressy, who emerged from the pack. The Kansas freshman then flipped a shot over Drake goalkeeper Jenny Schroeder, who had come off her line to play the ball.
The Jayhawks wrapped up the scoring in the 75th minute on a pretty play down the near sideline. After a scramble in the near corner, freshman Jordyn Perdue connected with Bush, who sent a left-footed shot in from just inside the box to give Kansas its margin of victory.
The three goals matched the most KU scored in a home game all of last season. The Jayhawks held a 14-5 edge in shot attempts and a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Drake’s best chance of the afternoon came in the 64th minute, when Crystal Townley found space deep in the Jayhawk zone and looked to beat the keeper with a shot to the near post. However, the ball glanced off the outside of the post and bounced away harmlessly.
KU employed three goalkeepers Saturday, who combined for three saves, to shut out the Bulldogs. While 20 different field players also saw action.
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Drake head coach Lindsey Horner, who played at KU from 1997-2000. Horner played for KU head coach Mark Francis during her final two seasons in a Jayhawk uniform.
Kansas will open the regular season at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex Friday against 24th-ranked Purdue at 5 p.m.