Two Early Goals Lift Iowa State Past KU, 3-1
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State scored two goals in the 13th-minute of the match and held on to beat the University of Kansas, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon in Ames, Iowa. With the loss, KU drops to 5-5-2 on the season and 1-2-1 in the Big 12.
Iowa State tallied its first two goals on its first two shots of the match, both headers by senior Amy Flores. Jess Villhauer set up the first goal at 12:10 into the match with a corner kick into the box that Flores headed into the back right of the net.
Just 45-seconds later, Flores scored her sixth goal of the season when she headed a crossing pass from Erin Witte past KU goalkeeper Colleen Quinn. ISU’s two goals came after the Jayhawks opened the match with four consecutive shots.
KU had a chance to get on the scoreboard with 18:44 left in the first half. Jessica Bush was fouled in the box, resulting in a KU penalty kick. ISU’s goalkeeper Joanna Haig made a diving stop to her right on Caroline Smith’s kick. The rebound came to Missy Geha who sailed her shot high.
Nicole Braman tallied her first goal of the season to get KU on the scoreboard in the 59th-minute. Bush started the sequence with a corner kick into the box. Junior Holly Gault deflected the ball over to Braman who buried her shot from eight-yards out.
Iowa State added an insurance goal with 8:32 left in the match. Freshman Meghan Smith scored her first collegiate goal, giving ISU its two-goal margin of victory.
KU out-shot the Cyclones 12-4 in the first half and 21-12 in the match. Quinn made five saves in goal.
The Jayhawks will return home next weekend to face Oklahoma State on Friday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. KU will than host Oklahoma on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m.
Match Notes: ISU’s two first half goals were the most the Jayhawks have allowed in the first 45-minutes this season … The Jayhawks have allowed three goals in all five matches they’ve lost this year … KU suffered its first loss while wearing blue jerseys this season.