KU Soccer Edged 1-0 by Milwaukee in Overtime

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas soccer played a strong defensive match, holding an aggressive Wisconsin-Milwaukee team scoreless for 96 minutes, but the Panthers were able to break through with the overtime goal, edging KU 1-0 Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Athletic Complex.

The Jayhawks (3-4) out-shot the Panthers (3-3-2) 24-22 with Whitney Berry taking a team-leading seven shots. Emily Cressy finished with five shots, with two on goal and two that hit the crossbar. Caitlin Noble totaled three for the match.

Kat Liebetrau continued her stellar play in goal, collecting seven saves. Liebetrau has now stopped five or more goals in five of KU’s seven contests this season.
The first period belonged to KU. The Jayhawks came out swinging early on, out-shooting the Panthers 9-4 in the first half. The best chance came in the 29th minute from Cressy, when a high shot from the middle of the box narrowly deflected off the crossbar.

“We were good in the first half. It was a game of two halves,” said head coach Mark Francis. “We had opportunities today. It wasn’t that we didn’t create chances. We’re creating chances, we just have to finish them.”

The KU defense managed to hold off a Milwaukee offense that came out swinging in the second half. The backline broke up some of the Panthers’ best plays and Liebetrau made diving and sliding stops to hold them off.

Cressy again had a solid shot in the second half, but once again hit the crossbar. Berry had two late shots that both missed by just inches.

“We were creating chances but definitely unlucky,” Berry said “We were trying to force it too much down the middle and that just wasn’t working out for us.”

By overtime it was anyone’s match. The two went nearly shot-for-shot until Sarah Hagen took a left-side cross from Keara Thompson and shot the ball just barely out of reach of a diving Liebetrau.

The Jayhawks will continue their home weekend Sunday, when they host Missouri State. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m., at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.