Jayhawk Soccer Blasts Texas Tech 5-0

TOPEKA, Kan. – Head coach Mark Francis won his 100th career match and the Jayhawks posted their highest offensive output this season, as the No. 12 University of Kansas soccer team defeated Texas Tech, 5-0, at the Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka, Kan., on Friday

The Jayhawks (10-2-0; 2-1 Big 12) got on the board in the 14th minute of the game, when senior Lauren Williams took a free kick which was headed into the goal by freshman Afton Sauer for her first collegiate goal and a 1-0 KU lead. Another free kick just over five minutes later resulted in KU’s second goal of the evening, as sophomore Nicole Cauzillo ripped a free kick from 25 yards past Tech goalkeeper Tina Rincon to put the `Hawks up 2-0. Junior Caroline Smith, w.ho had a team-high seven shots in the match, tallied her fourth goal of the season after she took a pass from Gabriela Quiggle and slipped past the goal keeper to fire a shot into the open net. At the half, Kansas had outshot the Red Raiders 15-2 and led 3-0.

In the second half, Kansas continued to dominate the flow of the game and the scoreboard. Senior Rachel Gilfillan took a pass from Caroline Smith and beat Tech’s second goalkeeper of the game, Beth Lippert, one-on-one for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Junior Kimberly Karfonta put the finishing touches on the match in the 77th minute as she received a pass from Jessica Smith and found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Goalkeeper Meghan Miller started the match for the Jayhawks and made one save in 62 minutes of work, before giving way to Erin Ferguson and Colleen Quinn who each made a save in their season-debuts.

The five goals and 24 shots collected by KU during the match were each season-highs. The last time that KU tallied five goals in a match was Oct. 18, 2002, when they defeated Central Missouri State 5-0.

With the win, Francis now owns a career record of 100-68-7 in nine seasons, including a school-record 67 wins at the helm of the Jayhawks.

Texas Tech drops to 3-8-0 this season and 0-3 in conference play. The match was moved from the Jayhawk Soccer Complex to Topeka because of possible inclement weather.

Kansas is back in action on Sunday when they host Baylor at 1 p.m. at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.