Kansas vs. Baylor Soccer Match Moved to Topeka
Sept. 21, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Sept. 21, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Due to the inclement weather, today’s KU soccer match vs. Baylor has been moved from the Jayhawk Sports Complex to Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kan. Kick off is set for 4:30 p.m. and admission will be free.
The University of Kansas soccer team opens Big 12 play with home matches against Baylor on Friday and 2004 co-Big 12 champion and 14th-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Friday’s match against the Bears will start at 4 p.m. while Sunday’s kick off is set for 1 p.m.
The first 500 fans to enter Sunday’s match against Texas A&M will receive a free KU t-shirt. KU will attempt to break the all-time attendance record at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex of 886 set last year against Iowa State.
- The Jayhawks and Aggies were named co-Big 12 Champions last season after they finished conference play with identical 8-2-0 records.
- The Jayhawks defeated A&M for the first time in school history last season, 1-0, in College Station, Texas. Jessica Smith assisted on Rachel Gilfillan’s goal to give KU the victory and first place in the Big 12.
- KU is 4-5-0 all-time in its Big 12 opening match and 6-3-0 all-time in its Big 12 home opener.
The Bears enter Big 12 play with a 2-5-1 record after falling to 2nd-ranked Portland, 4-1, on Sunday. Baylor returns eight starters and 19 letter-winners off a 2004 squad that defeated Nebraska and Texas. This season, Baylor is 1-3-1 at home.
On offense, third-year head coach George Van Linder has senior Tiffany Boshers lead the way with a team-high 43 shots while scoring three goals, contributing two assists for eight points (all tied for the team lead). Sophomore Ashley Holder has started every match between the posts for BU. Holder carries a 1.91 GAA with one shutout.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M
The Aggies enter the weekend with a four-match unbeaten streak. Ranked 14th in this weeks NSCAA/adidas poll, Texas A&M defeated Washington, 6-0, and No. 16 Stanford, 1-0, last weekend at the Tennessee Lady Vol Classic. A&M and Kansas have both tied Michigan, 1-1, this season. The Aggies were picked to win the Big 12 in the preseason coaches poll.
A&M boasts preseason All-Big 12 goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak. The senior has only allowed two goals this season for a 0.28 goals against average. Melissa Garey and Ashlee Pistorius have both tallied six goals this season to pace the Aggies offense that averages 2.48 goals per match.
KU is receiving votes in this week’s NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times polls. The Jayhawks ended their 23-week streak of being ranked or receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz poll.
Seven different Jayhawks have scored at least one goal during KU’s eight matches this season. Sophomore Emily Strinden and freshmen Jessica Bush and Missy Geha have all tallied their first career goals.
LAST TIME OUT
After defeating UC Irvine, 4-0, in Lawrence the Jayhawks traveled to West Lafayette, Ind., and lost to the Boilermakers, 3-1. Against the Anteaters, four different Jayhawks tallied goals and freshman Julie Hanley recorded a four-save shutout in her first career start.
Afton Sauer scored KU’s lone goal in the loss to Purdue. After the match was tied 1-1 at halftime, Purdue scored two unanswered goals in the second half. The Boilermakers game-winner came off a penalty kick.
The Jayhawks Oct. 23 home match against the University of Texas will be broadcast by College Sports Television on tape delay. The game can been seen on CSTV on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. CST.
HEAD COACH Mark Francis
The winningest soccer coach in KU history, Mark Francis returns for his seventh season as the Jayhawks head coach. Francis owns a 112-74-8 (.598) career record and an ever-improving 79-49-7 (.611) mark at KU. In just six seasons on the job, Francis has four times as many wins as any soccer coach in KU history.
Francis was honored with the 2004 Big 12 Coach of the Year award as well as the Central Region Coach of the Year. He won his 100th career match with a win over Texas Tech on October 1, 2004.
In 2004, the Jayhawks compiled a program-best record of 18-5 on their way to winning KU’s first Big 12 Championship. It was KU’s first women’s Big 12 Championship since the basketball team won the league title in 1997.
BUSH HONORED BY BIG 12
Freshman Jessica Bush was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4 after compiling game-winning goals against Missouri State (Aug. 31) and Arkansas (Sept. 2). The Blue Springs, Mo., native recorded five shots on goal during the two matches.