Jayhawks Open Big 12 Conference Play at No. 2 Oklahoma State Friday
Sept. 21, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – In its second-straight match versus a top 10 opponent, Kansas soccer (6-3) will travel to No. 2 Oklahoma State (11-0), one of three teams in the nation still undefeated this season, on Friday, Sept. 23 for the Jayhawks’ Big 12 Conference opener. That contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. KU will then close out the weekend on its home turf when it welcomes Oral Roberts (3-5-1) on Sunday, Sept. 25 for a non-conference game at 1 p.m.
Live stats for both matches will be available at www.KUAthletics.com while fans can access OSU’s audio and video feed for Friday’s contest (for a fee) at www.OKState.com.
About the Jayhawks
Looking to bounce back from a loss to No. 8 Florida Sunday, the Kansas soccer team enters Friday’s Big 12 Conference opener 6-3 overall, which already matches the team’s total number of wins from a year ago. KU’s large class of newcomers have made been making a big impact on the team as the Jayhawks’ top two scorers are freshman. Freshman Ingrid Vidal collected her team-leading sixth goal Sunday versus No. 8 Florida and also brought her season point total up to a team-best 16, both of which tie for third in the Big 12. Fellow freshman Jamie Fletcher follows with four scores while seven different Jayhawks own at least one goal in 2011. Aiding the offense is junior midfielder Whitney Berry whose seven assists tie for fifth in the nation.
KU’s goalkeeper duo of junior Kat Liebetrau and redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Stroud continue to pace the conference in saves with a combined 47 stops this season. Stroud, who is 3-1, leads the team with a 1.50 goals against average and a .727 save percentage.
Scouting Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State has yet to lose a game this season getting off to an 11-0 start heading into Friday’s conference opener, one of only three teams in the nation still undefeated. The Cowgirls have a balanced offense as six players have scored multiple goals while the team ranks second in the Big 12 with 27 scores on the year. Senior Krista Lopez leads the Cowgirls with 15 points and seven goals, four of which came versus Arkansas-Little Rock on Sept. 4.
OSU’s defense has been stingy this season allowing just three goals for a 0.27 goals against average, which is fifth in the nation. Freshman Rosa Medina has spent the most time between the posts for the Cowgirls this season going 6-0 with four shutouts and a 0.32 GAA.
The KU-Oklahoma State soccer series is tied at 7-7-3. KU has lost five of its last six games versus the Cowgirls (the other outcome was a tie). The last Jayhawk win of the series came in 2005 in Lawrence.
Scouting Oral Roberts
Oral Roberts has won two of its last three games to improve to 3-5-1 overall this season and will play Southwest Baptist on Thursday prior to making the trip to Lawrence. Senior Maria Grados owns half of the team’s goals with six scores so far in 2011 for a team-high 13 points. She has taken just 18 shots for a .333 shot percentage.
In goal, keepers Helen Erb and Amanda Wheeler have played a majority of the time between the posts. Erb, a freshman, is 2-1-1 and owns a team-best 0.62 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
Oral Roberts leads the all-time series with Kansas 3-1, including 1-0 in Lawrence. KU won the last meeting with the Golden Eagles, a 2-1 victory in Tulsa in 2009.
Kansas continues with conference play next weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, when it hosts Texas on Friday night and Texas A&M Sunday afternoon. The matches are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.