No. 23 Jayhawks Head to Texas this Weekend to Face Baylor, TCU
Sept. 26, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 23rd-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to the Lone Star State for weekend matchups with the Baylor Bears and TCU Horned Frogs. KU’s Friday contest in Waco will kickoff at 7 p.m., while Kansas is set to play conference-newcomer TCU at 1 p.m., Sunday in Fort Worth.
Friday’s match will mark the 17th meeting on the soccer field between Kansas and Baylor. The Bears hold a slight lead in the all-time series with an 8-6-2 advantage over the Jayhawks, winning each of the last three matches. KU will play Big 12-newcomer TCU for the first time in program history Sunday. The Jayhawks are 19-47-8 all-time against schools from Texas.
About the Jayhawks
The Jayhawks are ranked in the top-25 for the first time since 2009, checking in at No. 23 in this week’s Soccer America poll. KU claimed its first win over a top-10 team in almost four seasons when it knocked off seventh-ranked Oklahoma State last Friday to open Big 12 play. Junior Caroline Kastor leads the team in both points (16) and goals (seven) this season while senior Whitney Berry and sophomore Jamie Fletcher lead the squad with four assists a piece. Kastor and Berry also lead the group in shots with 35.
As a team, the Jayhawks have allowed just one goal per match and are finding the back of the net 2.1 times per match. The Jayhawks have also collected just under double the amount of shots of their opponents this season, notching 18.1 shots per match. Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud has started the last two matches for the Jayhawks, sporting a 1.05 goals against average and collecting eight saves.
Scouting the Bears
Baylor is receiving votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. The Bears have not lost a match since Aug. 26, 2-1 at Long Beach State, which is their only setback of the year. In the eight matches since the loss, Baylor has allowed only two goals, which gives it a league-leading 0.42 goals against average. The team also leads the Big 12 in goals and assists per match with 2.75 and 2.17, respectively.
The Bears have 14 players who have scored at least one goal in the opening 12 matches and are led by senior forward Dana Larsen’s seven goals and 16 points. Baylor has amassed 277 shots and put 113 (or 40.8 percent) of those on frame.
The Baylor defense has held its opponents to a 0.42 goal average in the first half of the 2012 campaign and allowed just 5.1 shots per match. Of the five goals the Bears have allowed, four have come in the second period or later. BU’s sophomore goalkeeper Meredith Stark has started all of the Bears’ matches and has posted four shutouts. Stark has posted a 0.43 goals against average and a .808 save percentage.
Marci Jobson is in her fifth season as the head coach of the Baylor women’s soccer program. She enters the season with a coaching record of 47-28-14 while at BU. The SMU grad guided her 2011 squad to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 12 years and first ever tournament victory. She also led Baylor to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1999, 2000.
Scouting the Horned Frogs
In their first year as members of the Big 12, the Horned Frogs are 5-4-1 through the first 10 matches of the season. TCU lost an overtime match to Denver last Sunday which broke its three-game winning streak, all of which were shutouts. The Horned Frogs’ defense has allowed only .80 goals per match, which ranks second in the Big 12.
The Horned Frogs have four players who have scored at least one goal in their opening 10 matches and are led by senior Monica Alvarado and junior Brittany Slyman with three goals apiece. TCU has amassed 103 shots with 46 of those on goal.
The TCU defense has held its opponents to a 0.80 goal average in the first half of the 2012 campaign and allowed just 13.7 shots per match. Of the eight goals the Horned Frogs have allowed, seven have come in the second period or later. TCU’s sophomore goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold has started all of the matches and has posted a league-leading five shutouts. Arnold has posted a 0.66 goals against average and a .860 save percentage.
Eric Bell is in his first year at the helm in Fort Worth and is the third head coach in TCU history. Bell spent the last six seasons as associate head coach at Florida State.
Last Time Out
Senior Whitney Berry’s penalty kick in the 70th minute propelled the Kansas Jayhawks to a 2-1 win over the seventh-ranked Oklahoma State Friday evening to open Big 12 play. Freshman Courtney Dickerson put in her second goal of the season in the fourth minute of the match, while sophomore Hailey Yearout earned her second assist of the season.
Moving Up in the Ranks
After their victory over seventh-ranked Oklahoma State Friday, the Jayhawks moved into the top-25 of the Sept. 25 Soccer America poll. This marks the first time KU has been in the top-25 of a national poll since 2009 when it checked in at 25th in the Soccer Times poll on Sept. 28.
The highest a Kansas team has been ranked was No. 6, which the Jayhawks hit in the Soccer Buzz poll on three occasions during the 2004 campaign.
Never Looking Back
The Jayhawks have scored the first goal in all but two of their ten matches this season, with the two matches being their only two losses to Northwestern and Denver. In fact, in four of KU’s last six matches, it has put in goals within the first 10 minutes. KU is 7-0-1 this year when scoring first.
The score-first mentality has also helped the Jayhawks to lead for the majority of their matches this season. KU has led all but 117:05 minutes out of 927:42 total minutes played in 2012. The only matches Kansas has trailed in have been the 2-1 loss to Northwestern, the 2-2 tie to Arizona State, and the 1-0 loss to Denver, the only three matches KU has not won this season.
Kansas has proven to be one of the least penalized teams in the Big 12 through the first half of the 2012 campaign. The Jayhawks have yet to be issued a yellow or red card this year, which makes them the only team in the Big 12 to not have been given a caution this season. The 10-straight caution-less matches is a team record for consecutive games with no cards, beating out the 2010 Jayhawks, who started the season with no cautions or red cards in their first nine matches.
Through 10 matches the Jayhawks are also averaging just eight fouls per match with a total of 80 in 2012, the second fewest in the Big 12 this season.
Kansas senior midfielder/forward Whitney Berry continues to move up in the school’s record books this season with her four goals and four assists through nine matches. Berry now ranks third in career points (71), fifth in goals (21) and second in assists (29). The senior’s 29 assists are just one shy of Monica Dolinsky’s career total of 30, which heads KU’s all-time list.
Berry’s 71 career points are just five behind Dolinsky’s career points, which she accumulated from 2006-09. Dolinsky ranks second in school history with 76 points.
Berry is also the Big 12 leader among active players in points, assists and career shots attempted with 232.
The Jayhawks will return home for a matchup with Big 12-newcomer West Virginia on Friday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. KU will then step out of conference play for an Oct. 7 date with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Kickoff from Winston Salem, N.C. is slated for 12 p.m. (CT).
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