KU Soccer Hosts Baylor Friday, Travels to Creighton Sunday
Oct. 5, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas soccer (8-5, 1-2 Big 12) will wrap up a four-game homestand when it hosts Baylor (9-2-2, 1-1-1 Big 12) on Friday, Oct. 7 in a 4 p.m. match. The Jayhawks then hit the road traveling to Creighton (6-4-1) for a non-conference game on Sunday, Oct. 9. That contest is slated for a 1 p.m. kick-off.
Live stats for both games can be found on the KU Athletics’ website at www.KUAthletics.com. In addition, Creighton will have a video stream of Sunday’s contest available on its website, www.GoCreighton.com.
About the Jayhawks
For the second-straight weekend, Kansas split its weekend contests. The Jayhawks notched their first conference victory with a 3-2 double-overtime win versus Texas Friday night before falling to No. 24 Texas A&M 3-0 Sunday. Junior midfielder Whitney Berry collected the assist on all three of KU’s goals versus the Longhorns to bring her nation-leading total up to 11. Berry, who was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts, also ranks second in the Big 12 averaging 4.15 shots per game. Oftentimes at the other end of Berry’s passes is freshman Ingrid Vidal, who owns a team-high nine goals to rank second in the league. Kansas’ balanced offense features seven other Jayhawks with at least one goal in 2011.
Defensively, KU goalkeepers junior Kat Liebetrau and redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Stroud split time between the posts. Liebetrau owns a team-high 37 saves, while Stroud’s 1.50 goals against average and five wins are both team bests.
Baylor enters Friday’s contest 9-2-2 overall, including 1-1-1 in the Big 12, after a pair of overtime contests last weekend. The Bears defeated Weber State 1-0 on Friday and tied conference foe Texas Tech 0-0 two days later. Baylor has scored just 23 goals in 2011 but its 0.52 GAA ranks third in the league allowing opponents seven goals in 13 games. Senior Courtney Seelhorst has played all 13 games in goal and owns eight shutouts and a .837 save percentage.
Offensively 11 Bears have recorded at least one goal led by junior Dana Larsen’s five scores. Freshman Natalie Huggins has a team-high three assists to go along with three goals.
Creighton has won three of its last four contests with its only non-win a 0-0 tie at Wyoming. Most recently, the Bluejays defeated Evansville 2-1 last Saturday to improve to 6-4-1 overall. CU will host Wright State Wednesday before welcoming Kansas to Omaha. Junior Brittany Neumann is the only Bluejay with multiple goals as she has collected six of the team’s 11 scores. Sophomore Lauren Cingoranelli is tops on the team with three assists.
In goal, Alicia Montgomery has seen the most time at goalkeeper. The senior owns a team-best .898 save percentage with four shutouts and a 4-3-1 record.
Jayhawks in Top 40 RPI
In the latest RPI standings, released Oct. 5 by the NCAA, Kansas soccer came in at No. 37. KU is one of four Big 12 schools in the top 40 along with No. 2 Oklahoma State (14), Texas A&M (19) and Baylor (35).
Kansas will play just one contest next weekend. The Jayhawks are set to travel to Big 12 foe Texas Tech on Friday, Oct. 14 for a 7 p.m. match.