Jayhawks Blanked By No. 16 Mountaineers, 1-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Despite outshooting the visiting Mountaineers, Kate Schwindel’s goal in the 43rd minute proved to be the game-winner as Kansas fell to No. 16 West Virginia, 1-0 in a Big 12 soccer match played on a chilly Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The Big 12-newcomers moved to 8-3-3 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12, while Kansas fell to 8-4-1 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.
With temperatures in the low-50’s and winds gusting up to 20 mph, Kansas was unable to find the back of the net in spite of several attacking opportunities throughout the afternoon.
Senior midfielder Amy Grow saw two of her shots slam off the cross bar less than a minute apart midway through the opening period. Grow’s shots off the frame were only the beginning of a frustrating match for KU.
With the teams going back and forth late in the first half, the WVU sophomore, Schwindel, found space 15 yards in front of the Jayhawk goal, shooting in her eighth of the season and giving the Mountaineers a 1-0 advantage heading into the intermission.
It was more of the same in the second half as KU outshot the visitors 11-5 in the final 45 minutes. Jamie Fletcher found space several times in the final 20 minutes of play, however three of her shots sailed high, leaving the Jayhawks still scoreless.
Junior forward Caroline Kastor had perhaps the best and final chance for KU in the 80th minute when, after breaking loose of a defender in the West Virginia box, struck a strong shot on frame. However West Virginia sophomore keeper Sara Keene was there for her seventh and final save to secure the shutout.
A late offensive push by Ashley Williams in the final minutes came up empty after her cross in front of the Mountaineer goal was unable to find a teammate, giving the Big 12-newcomers their fourth-straight win and leaving KU with their third shutout of the season.
KU held a 23-14 advantage in shots including a seven-to-four edge for shots on goal, however West Virginia goalkeeper, Keene, was there to stop each of them. Jamie Fletcher led the team with five shots, while Ashley Williams and Grow chipped in three.
The Jayhawks will look to regroup Sunday with a nonconference match versus No. 12 Wake Forest at 11 a.m. (CT) in Winston-Salem, N.C. Follow updates throughout the contest on twitter at KU_Soccer and KUAthletics.com.
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