Kansas Blanks Missouri State, 2-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Jayhawk freshman Jessica Bush scored her first collegiate goal, the game-winner, to lead the University of Kansas to a 2-0 victory over Missouri State, Wednesday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. With the victory, KU improves to 1-1-1 on the season.
“The players looked very tired in the first half,” commented head coach Mark Francis. “We kind of regrouped at halftime, the second half was a lot better and they actually played pretty well, we created a lot more chances.”
Bush’s goal in the first half came when Missouri State’s goalkeeper Jackie Jasper ventured far out in the box to track down a ball played up to Bush. When Jasper couldn’t control the ball, Bush picked it up and calmly took a few steps to her left before firing the ball into the open net.
Caroline Smith tallied KU’s second goal in the 84th minute to give the Jayhawks their final two-goal margin of victory. Smith’s shot from the middle of the field and 20-yards out found the bottom left of the net.
Sophomore Colleen Quinn made three saves while picking up her first career shutout.
Kansas out-shot Missouri State, 18-6, and forced Jasper to make 10 saves. The physical match saw MSU commit 22 penalties to KU’s nine.
Nicole Braman added a spark for Kansas off the bench. The senior took three shots, landing two on goal.
Match Notes: Caroline Smith has tallied a goal in all three of the Jayhawks matches this season … Quinn’s shutout ended a six-match streak where KU did not shutout an opponent … The Jayhawks posted 11-shutouts last season.
For more post-match comments from Mark Francis, call the Kansas Soccer Hotline at (785) 864-7700.