Jayhawks Head West to Face Cal, St. Mary's
Aug. 30, 2006
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JAYHAWKS HEAD WEST
The University of Kansas soccer team will participate in the Cal Invitational this weekend in Berkeley, Calif. The Jayhawks will play at No. 10 California, Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Saint Mary’s College Sunday at noon. This is the first of two consecutive road trips for KU.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
No. 10 California enters Friday’s match with the Jayhawks at 2-0, having swept Indiana and Wisconsin at the UW Invitational last weekend. The Golden Bears won both matches by 1-0 scores.
Sophomore Valerie Barnes scored both of Cal’s goals during the weekend tournament. Freshmen Torrey Delaplane and Brianna Bak each had assists on Barnes’ goals. Senior Katie Ratican is the top returning scorer from a year ago, after tallying three goals and six assists in 2005.
Senior goalkeeper Anna Key played both matches, pitching two shutouts and making seven stops. Last season, Key played in five matches, posting an 0.51 goals against average and six saves.
Head Coach Kevin Boyd is in his 10th season with the Bears. The veteran coach was the 2005 Pac 10 Coach of the Year and holds a career record of 114-58-15 (.650). The Bears return 19 letterwinners and five starters from last year’s 16-4-2 squad, which fell to Florida State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the first meeting between KU and Cal on the soccer field.
Cal on the web: calbears.cstv.com
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Saint Mary’s College enters the weekend at 1-1, having lost in double-overtime to Sacramento State on Tuesday. The Gaels opened the season last Friday, defeating Long Island College, 3-1.
Sophomore Danielle Spann leads the Gaels’ offense after scoring a pair of goals in the season-opening win over Long Island. Redshirt freshman Allie Weiner also had a goal and an assist last Friday. Sophomore Nikki Schray, who had an assist Friday, is SMC’s top returning scorer from last season.
In net, sophomore Noelle Brown has played every minute and has an 0.94 goals against average and a .778 save percentage.
Head coach Kelly Lindsey is in her first year at St. Mary’s. The Omaha, Neb., native has ties to the Big 12, spending two seasons as the top assistant at Texas and one season as an assistant coach at Colorado. Lindsey’s team returns six starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’s squad, which went 8-8-3 and placed fourth in the West Coast Conference.
This will be the first meeting between the schools on the soccer field.
LMU on the web: smcgaels.cstv.com
LAST TIME OUT
Three different Jayhawks tallied goals on Friday as the University of Kansas opened the 2006 season with a 3-0 triumph over Furman at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. KU’s Sara Rogers and Monica Dolinsky both collected their first career goals, while senior Lacey Novak notched her first tally since her freshman year. Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley made a pair of first-half saves to earn the shutout for Kansas.
Sunday’s match against Loyola Marymount was cancelled due to rain.
GAULT RECEIVES TWO MORE HONORS
University of Kansas senior Holly Gault was named to two preseason national teams this week. The 5-foot-6 forward earned a spot on Soccer America magazine’s preseason All-America list as well as a place on the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy watch list.
Gault, who was also named a preseason All-Big 12 selection, was an all-region selection by two different publications and a first team all-conference pick last year. As a defender, Gault tied for second on the team with 14 points (4 goals, 6 assists), leading the Jayhawks to an 11-7-2 record.
The M.A.C.’s Hermann Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding Division I women’s soccer player each year. The winner will be determined in voting by NSCAA member coaches. Gault is one of 25 athletes on the preseason watch list. The list will be whittled down to 15 semifinalists in early November, with three finalists announced at the end of the month.
HANLEY HANDLES THE LOAD
Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley was perfect in her first start between the posts this season. The 5-foot-9 keeper made a pair of first half saves to earn her third career shutout, and her first since blanking No. 21 Oklahoma on Oct. 7 last season.
Hanley, who split time with junior Colleen Quinn last year, posted a 7-2 record with a 1.16 goals against average and an .807 save percentage as a rookie.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Friday’s victory over Furman was KU’s sixth straight win at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Since the beginning of the 2003 season, KU is 24-3-1 in matches played in Lawrence.
The six-match win streak is tied for the fourth longest in school history. The longest, an eight match win-streak, took place during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
NOT THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Prior to Friday’s match with Furman, senior Lacey Novak, sophomore Jessica Rogers and freshman Monica Dolinsky had one career goal between the three of them. However, all three found the back of the net in KU’s first contest of the season.
Rogers and Dolinsky both collected their first career goals, while Novak scored her first goal since the 2003 season.