Jayhawks, Baylor play to 2-2 tie

WACO, Texas –¬†Freshman Rachel Morris and sophomore Shannon McCabe scored goals Friday evening as the University of Kansas rallied from two separate deficits to earn a 2-2 draw with Baylor at the Betty Lou Mays Soccer Complex in the Big 12 opener for both schools.

The Jayhawks move to 1-7-2 overall and 0-0-1 in conference play, while the Lady Bears go to 6-2-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the Big 12.

Kansas tallied the tying goal in the 66th minute when McCabe finished her first goal of the season. The sophomore midfielder corralled a loose ball on the far side of the box and blasted a shot that deflected off a defender and into the top of the net to tie the score at two.

KU desperately tried to score in overtime, and seemed to have the better chances. The Jayhawks outshot BU, 7-1 in the two extra sessions.

Kansas had a chance in the final seconds of overtime when Monica Dolinsky was taken down just outside the box. The play resulted in a direct free kick, which Dolinsky hit to the near post, however Baylor goalkeeper Ashley Noah made a sprawling save to deflect the ball wide of the net.

Baylor got on the board in the third minute with a high-arching shot from Megan Sherell. The Bears’ leading scorer flipped a shot over the goalkeeper from 30 yards out to put the home team up 1-0 at 2:57.

Kansas tied the score in the 14th minute on a feed from junior Jessica Bush. Bush beat the defense down the far side of the box and dropped a pass back to freshman Rachel Morris, who finished the play with a shot to the near corner. It was the freshman’s first collegiate goal and the fourth different Jayhawk to score a goal this season.

BU took a 2-1 lead in the 52nd minute when Lotto Smith used her head to finish a Rose Zepata corner kick from the middle of the box.

Baylor outshot KU, 13-12, however the Jayhawks put eight of their shots on net, compared to just four for the Bears.

McCabe led the team with three shots, while Dolinsky and Morris each collected a pair of shots. Senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn made a pair of saves for KU.

The Jayhawks will travel to College Station to battle third-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday at 1 p.m.