KU Soccer Prepares For No. 8 Florida Sunday
Sept. 15, 2011
In its last test before Big 12 Conference play, the University of Kansas soccer team (6-2) will take on one its toughest challenges of the season as it plays host to No. 8 Florida (5-2) Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. Sunday is also Military Day and fans are asked to bring new or gently used soccer items to donate to Operation Give, an organization that helps the U.S. military deliver items to needy children overseas. Admission is just $3 with a donation.
About the Jayhawks
Freshman Ingrid Vidal scored the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 1-0 overtime victory at Purdue. It marked Kansas’ first overtime victory since 2007 as the Jayhawks improved to 6-2 overall to match their number of victories from a year ago. Vidal, who now owns two game-winning goals this season, currently leads the Big 12 Conference and is tied for 26th in the nation with 14 points, while her five goals are tied for tops in the league. Supporting the KU forwards is junior midfielder Whitney Berry who leads the Big 12 and is second in the nation with seven assists.
Junior goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau recorded Sunday’s win behind a season-high 11 saves. She is 3-1 with a team-best 1.20 goals against average and splits time between the posts with redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Stroud (3-1, 1.50 GAA).
As a team, Kansas has out-scored opponents 17-11. The 17 goals already match the team’s total from 2010.
Florida is 5-2 overall having suffered losses to UCLA and Florida State this season. The Gators are led by junior Erika Tymrak, who has a team-high 13 points and five goals, including four in the last three contests. Sophomore Taylor Travis is next with three goals and seven points, while freshman Annie Speese leads the team with four assists.
Between the posts, freshman Taylor Burke and senior Brooke Chancey have split time at goalkeeper. Burke is 3-1 with two shutouts and a team-best 0.86 goals against average.
UF returns eight starters from a year ago when the Gators went 19-2-3 in 2010, including 9-1-1 in the Southeastern Conference to win their fifth-straight conference title.
The Jayhawks open Big 12 Conference play next weekend as they take on their second-straight ranked opponent in Oklahoma State on Friday, Sept. 23 for a 7 p.m. match in Stillwater, Okla. From there, KU will travel back home to host Oral Roberts on Sunday, Sept. 25. That contest is slated for a 1 p.m. kick-off at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.