Blast From the Past: Inaugural Team Member Remembers 1995 Season

Sept. 6, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Last weekend the University of Kansas soccer team was treated to a blast from the past as Audra (Henderson) Worrich was spotted in the stands cheering on the Jayhawks during their 3-1 win at Missouri State on Friday, Sept. 2. Worrich was a sophomore on KU’s inaugural soccer team in 1995 and lettered three years for the Crimson and Blue. The former Jayhawk, who is credited with the program’s first ever assist, stuck around after Friday’s contest to chat with KU Athletics about then and now.

On playing for the inaugural 1995 Kansas soccer team:

“It was awesome, there was a lot of unknowns, but it was just great knowing that we were going to be the first for everything; first on the field, first win, first loss, first assist, all that kind of stuff.”

On the most memorable moment of her career:

“My senior game against Iowa. It was a frozen tundra, about 30 degrees out. We didn’t have any of the gear they have now, we looked like a bunch of ruffians out there. I scored in the first minute of the game, and I took off running down the field. I did a dive into the water and hydroplaned across the field. My teammates were running to join me, but I jumped up, and just froze the rest of the game.”

On the team now:

“I am so very proud of them, just from where we started to where we are now. There is just a constant influx of new talent every year. We have this desire to see how far we can take it. I am hoping that one of these days we can pull through in the Big 12 Tournament and win that, because I live in San Antonio and attend the Big 12 Tournament, so I would love to be there when they win it.”

On whether she still follows the team:

“I do, I am extremely passionate about my Jayhawks. I live in Texas and I am all about the Jayhawks, and everybody knows it.”

On her current profession:

“I have to deal with three kids. I have a seven year old, a six year old, and a three-and-a-half year old, and they keep me pretty busy. But previous to that I was in medical sales.”