Kansas Soccer Rebounds with 3-2 Victory at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa – In a must-win conference game, the Kansas soccer team re-discovered its offensive firepower to take home a 3-2 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones Sunday afternoon at the ISU Soccer Complex.
Three different Jayhawks scored goals, giving KU 24 on the year, one more than the entire 2007 season.
Iowa State got on the board quickly to start the game as Elise Reid scored an unassisted goal in the 10th minute to put the Cyclones up 1-0.
Kansas kicked into another gear from then on, starting in the 19th minute when junior Monica Dolinsky slipped the ball past Iowa State goalkeeper Ann Gleason to even the score at 1-1. The equalizer gave Dolinksy her fifth goal on the season, tying redshirt freshman Emily Cressy for the team lead.
It appeared that the game would be tied going into halftime until Cressy set up sophomore transfer Sarah Salazar for a 35th-minute goal to put KU ahead 2-1 heading into the break. Salazar became the 10th different Jayhawk to score a goal this season as she connected on her first career goal.
It didn’t take long in the second half for KU to give itself a little cushion, as senior Jessica Bush executed a nice cross to freshman Kortney Clifton that Clifton buried in the back of the net in the 50th minute to give the Jayhawks a 3-1 advantage.
Twenty six minutes passed before the next goal, when Iowa State’s Emily Hejlik scored to cut the KU lead to 3-2 in the 76th minute. Jayhawk goalkeeper Julie Hanley was shaken up on the play, but senior Stephanie Baugh entered the game and turned in a solid effort in relief.
Baugh made three great saves in the final 14:26 of action to keep the score 3-2 in favor of Kansas and move the Jayhawks’ record to 7-3 for the season, 1-1 in Big 12 Conference play. With the loss, Iowa State fell to 4-6, 0-2 in the Big 12.
Kansas returns home next weekend as the Jayhawks welcome the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Colorado Buffaloes to Lawrence. Game time against Texas Tech on Oct. 3 is 4 p.m. CDT, and the game against Colorado on Oct. 5 is set to start at 1 p.m. CDT.