Kansas Plays #25 Nebraska to 0-0 Draw

LINCOLN, Neb. The University of Kansas soccer team tied the 25th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, 0-0, on Friday in Lincoln, Neb. The Jayhawks improve to 5-4-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the Big 12.

Sophomore goalkeeper Colleen Quinn made five saves for the Jayhawks to record her fourth shutout of the season. Quinn improved her record to 4-3-2.

KU out-shot Nebraska, 25-14, including 5-2 in overtime, but could not beat goalkeeper Jamie Klages. The Cornhuskers’ freshman recorded nine saves. The 25 shots by KU were the most Nebraska has allowed this season.

“On the road in the conference against a good team we should probably be happy with (a tie) but we are a little disappointed because we definitely had the better chances in the game,” stated head coach Mark Francis. “We played very well especially in the second half and overtime period. The girls are definitely getting there.”

The Jayhawks had two of their best scoring chances in the first half just 31-seconds apart. First, Kimberly Karfonta’s shot off a corner kick sailed over the cross bar. Caroline Smith than sent a sliding kick off the left post. KU recorded 10 first half shots, four on goal.

Nebraska a chance late in the second half to end the match in regulation. With ten seconds remaining, Cornhusker All-American Brittany Timko sprinted up field after a pass. Quinn dove on the ball just inside the box to squander the threat and send the match into overtime, KU’s first overtime match since Aug. 28.

Caroline Smith and Michelle Rasmussen paced KU’s offensive attack. Smith recorded eight shots, three on goal, while Rasmussen tallied four shots on goal and seven total.

The Jayhawks will remain on the road to face Iowa State on Sunday. Kick off in Ames is set for 1 p.m.

Match Notes: Senior Kimberly Karfonta made her first career start after coming off the bench 71 consecutive times in her career … KU is 4-0-2 in Friday matches this year … The overtime match was KU’s third of the season and Nebraska’s first since Sept. 12 2003, a string of 49 consecutive matches and longest streak in the Big 12.

For more post-match comments from Mark Francis, call the Kansas Soccer Hotline at (785) 864-7700.