No. 19 Cal Slips By Kansas, 1-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Jessica Bush collected three shots, while senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn made four saves, however it was not enough. Katherine Daiss’ goal in the 66th minute powered 19th-ranked California to a 1-0 triumph over Kansas Sunday in a non-conference soccer match at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The Golden Bears improve to 6-2 overall, while the Jayhawks fall to 1-7-1.
Kansas matched the 19th-ranked Bears shot for shot, but fell on an exceptional goal in the second half. In the 66th minute, forward Torrey Delaplane made a long run down the near sideline and crossed the ball to the middle of the box where Daiss deflected it in to the left side of the net.
“We played very well today,” Kansas head coach Mark Francis said. “I think it was our best performance of the year so far. I’m pleased with where we’re at right now in terms of our quality of play, our intensity and heart.”
KU increased the pressure in the offensive end in the final 20 minutes of play, but could not tie the score. The Jayhawks produced a pair of golden opportunities, but were thwarted both times by Cal goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini, who made six saves.
In the 78th minute, sophomore Kim Boyer got the first touch on a Shannon McCabe corner kick, however, Pellegrini made a diving stop. Less than 10 minutes later, Bush found space deep in the box and unleashed a shot to the far post that the goalkeeper juggled twice before controlling the ball.
The Jayhawks equaled the visiting Bears in shot attempts, 11-11, but held a 6-5 edge in shots on goal.
Quinn made four saves for KU, and allowed one goal or less for the third time in her last four starts.
Kansas will travel to Waco, Texas to open the Big 12 schedule at Baylor, Friday at 7 p.m.